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Millennium Approaches, Act 1, Scenes 1–2 The title of Part One, Millennium Approaches, refers both to the time the play takes place (1985) and to the coming of a... Read More
Millennium Approaches, Act 1, Scenes 3–4 Harper, home alone, talks to herself about the beauty of the ozone layer. As soon as she says she'd like to travel, a ... Read More
Millennium Approaches, Act 1, Scenes 5–6 Harper and Joe talk about the Washington job, while Louis, also onstage, talks to some rabbis about his grandmother. ... Read More
Millennium Approaches, Act 1, Scenes 7–9 A week later, Harper and Prior appear to each other in a "mutual dream scene." Prior is in drag, doing his makeup. Har... Read More
Millennium Approaches, Act 2, Scenes 1–4 Prior collapses at home, feverish, and he soils himself. Louis calls an ambulance, though Prior begs him not to. Louis... Read More
Millennium Approaches,Act 2, Scenes 5–7 Belize brings Prior a folk remedy and massages him. They address each other by using teasing, feminine names ("Miss Th... Read More
Millennium Approaches, Act 2, Scenes 8–10 From a payphone in Central Park, Joe calls his mother in Salt Lake City and tells her he's gay. He also mentions he so... Read More
Millennium Approaches, Act 3, Scenes 1–4 Two of Prior's long-dead ancestors, also named Prior, visit him at night in his bedroom. Prior 1 is a farmer from the ... Read More
Millennium Approaches, Act 3, Scenes 5–7 Joe comes to Roy's brownstone to tell him he can't take the Washington job; it's unethical. Joe offers other excuses: ... Read More
Perestroika, Act 1, Scenes 1–4 The title of Part Two, Perestroika, is a Russian word referring to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's 1980s policy of eco... Read More
Perestroika, Act 1, Scenes 5–6 Prior wakes from his dream about the Angel to find he has ejaculated in the night. He calls Belize, at work in the hos... Read More
Perestroika, Act 2, Scenes 1–3 Belize and Prior attend a friend's funeral, a grand affair thrown for a drag queen. Prior is dressed like a biblical p... Read More
Perestroika, Act 3, Scenes 1–2 Joe and Louis are in bed; Hannah and Harper are in Harper's living room. Joe sometimes crosses into Harper's scene, an... Read More
Perestroika, Act 3, Scenes 3–4 Harper spends her days in the Diorama Room of the Mormon Visitors' Center, where Hannah volunteers. A diorama is a dis... Read More
Perestroika, Act 4, Scenes 1–4 Joe visits Roy in the hospital. Roy says Joe's father ought to have given him a blessing before he died; Roy puts his ... Read More
Perestroika, Act 4, Scenes 5–8 Belize and Louis meet in Central Park near Bethesda Fountain, which is topped by a statue of an angel. Louis wants to ... Read More
Perestroika, Act 4, Scenes 9–11 Harper and Joe are having an uneasy sex life. Harper says Joe fantasizes about men during sex with her. She asks Joe w... Read More
Perestroika, Act 5, Scenes 1–3 In Prior's hospital room late at night, Prior wakes Hannah to say the Angel is near. (He can tell because he has an er... Read More
Perestroika, Act 5, Scenes 4–6 Joe returns to his Brooklyn apartment, looking for Harper. Roy appears and Joe confronts him about a lie: Roy had said... Read More
Perestroika, Act 5, Scenes 7–8 Harper tells Joe she's leaving; she demands he give her their credit card. Joe gives it to her, asking her to call som... Read More
Perestroika, Act 5, Epilogue In winter 1990, Prior, Louis, Belize, and Hannah sit by Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, discussing Soviet leader Gorb... Read More
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