Monday, November 1, 2010

Angels is a hit! See what the critics had to say!

See what the critics had to say about the Signature Theatre Company production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America!

“Five Stars! Perfect Revival! The Signature Theatre Company has done it again. Although it seemed unlikely that they could match last year's Horton Foote trilogy The Orphans' Home Cycle, they've accomplished that with a dazzling revival of Angels in America. It's great to see Angels fly so high and so potently again. "The great work begins" is said by a couple of characters. It's happening now at the Signature.”
Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

“In seven hours, Angels can change your world!”

Scott Brown, New York Magazine

“The Angel has landed again, at long last, and all's right with the world. Amend that. All's deliriously right in a theater world where Tony Kushner's monumental, subversive, altogether remarkable masterwork, "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," can be seen - in all its gargantuan seven-hour, two-part, big-brain glory - at the tiny Signature Theatre Company.”
Linda Winer, Newsday

“Glowingly acted! Bill Heck is superb as Joe. Robin Bartlett’s tough-minded, laconic Hannah is good enough to eclipse memories of Kathleen Chalfant and Meryl Streep in the same role. In Zoe Kazan’s sharply graded, passionately felt performance, [Harper] becomes the production’s nerve center. The received wisdom about Mr. Kushner is that he is a great playwright. This production reminds us that he is also a good one, which as far as satisfying nights at the theater are concerned, may be more important.”
Ben Brantley, New York Times

“The awe inspiring Angels stands the test of time! Kushner’s great work still has the power to shock, enlighten and delight.”
David Cote, Time Out New York

“Shimmers with newfound intimacy and unspeakable beauty!”
Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly

“Christian Borle is instantly believable and never less than heartbreaking. Billy Porter is wonderful in every way.”
Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Michael Greif's staging is fierce and exact. Mark Wendland's compact double-turntable set is a miraculously efficient piece of design, and Wendall K. Harrington's digital projections add immeasurably to the set's spatial richness.”
Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

“Frank Wood is a revelation as Roy Cohn, exhibiting a fierce intensity."
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“Will absorb you utterly and make you think! The superb Zachary Quinto imbues Louis, the lover who abandons Prior in his illness, with a ferocious intelligence and a vivid sensuality. Robin Weigert underscores, with tenderness and wit, the sobering questions posed by Prior's condition, from the nature of mortality to the existence of God.”
Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“Signature Theatre Company offered the theatrical event of last season with its extraordinary production of Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle. The company may have pulled off that feat again, thanks to director Michael Greif's equally extraordinary production of Angels in America. This production makes it clear that Kushner's seven-hour, two-part epic belongs in the first rank of great American dramas, alongside such masterworks as "Our Town," "Death of a Salesman," "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "Long Day's Journey Into Night." What's more, it's proof that…the only way to experience the work's full impact is in its original home: the theater.”
Erik Haagensen, Backstage