The name of the thing is Angels in America: Millennium Approaches: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes and that ain’t the half of it. What is now at the Walter Kerr Theatre is only the first three and a half hours; a further three and a half hours, called Perestroika, will arrive in the fall. It is the brainchild of Tony Kushner, whose earlier play, A Bright Room Called Day, was an explicit and loud attempt to equate Reagan’s America with Hitler’s Germany. So one kind of knows what to expect from this cumbrously titled opus. It has been hailed with a rapture unheard in decades. It got the Pulitzer. “The finest drama of our time,” said The New York Observer, “It asks: Where is God? And yearns for an answer, a prophet, a messiah, or salvation. It is, in its searing essentials, about love.” Golly. This language might be thought excessive for the Oresteia. Cleverer in expression but...

 
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