Angels in America | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

Angels in America

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

The Hypocrites' production of Millennium Approaches, the first play in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" diptych, was largely screechy and overacted, but certain key scenes, particularly those between Kurt Ehrmann's savage Roy Cohn and J.B. Waterman's tortured, closeted Mormon Joe Pitt, showed how much potential for dramatic truth lay beneath the overplayed exterior. In this production of the second half of the epic, Perestroika, director Sean Graney has unleashed that potential, offering three and a half hours of engrossing, thought-provoking, heartbreaking theater. Kushner's fantastical, theurgic parable of a desperate scramble for moral agency in the midst of a plague is far from perfect, Graney's and Jim Moore's cluttered set never creates any real sense of place, and the company hasn't found a way to convey the play's mystery and magic. But the sheer veracity of the acting renders these faults nearly invisible, revealing the rage, cruelty, wit, pathos, and staggering wisdom of Kushner's masterpiece. Perestroika plays through 5/7: Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM, Thu 4/20 and 5/4, 7:30 PM, Fri 4/14 and 4/28, 7:30 PM. Millennium Approaches runs through 5/6: Sat 2:30 PM, Thu 4/13 and 4/27, 7:30 PM, Fri 4/21 and 5/5, 7:30 PM. Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090, $11-$25, $40 for both parts.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment