Angels in America.docx - Angels in America Millennium Approaches o Tony Kushner(1991 o American Drama Diversity and synthesis o Scale and mythic

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Angels in America: Millennium Approaches o Tony Kushner (1991) o American Drama Diversity and synthesis o Scale and mythic dimension of Greek Drama o Humanism and structure of Renaissance Theater Shakespeare philosophy, strengths and faults of humans o Wit of Moliere and Wilde Using humor to express themes o New York City setting as in Boucicault o Social consciousness of Naturalism o Political focus of Aristophanes o Existential questioning of absurdism o Emotional power of Ibsen and Hansberry Subtitle- A Gay Fantasia on National Themes o “The Boys in the Band”- first gay drama in theater o Broadway barrier for gay men Had to open in smaller theaters first “The Boys in the Band”- determines why the college friend comes o Group of gay men stereotyped Themes o Family in the late 20 th Century o Past and present o Race, class, and gender o Sexuality o Economics o Morality o The American Dream Fantasia o A work that contains a lot of different styles within the same piece o Kushner combines initial realism with later fantastical elements National themes o Uses characters as a microcosm for American society o Thought that America’s best days were in the past Contrast with progress of American society Initial funeral scene o Terminality Reaching the end of the line America is at the endgame phase Rabbi- “No great voyages left in America” o America is settled

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