Since Tony Kushner could be considered to know best, why not quote what he says he admired after seeing Ivo van Hove's revival of the playwright's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music: "It had this feeling of being stripped to its absolute bare bones."
On Saturday, Dec. 8, we bore witness to our "angels in America" -- our continuum of GMHC families. First stop: the Harlem Children's Zone, the location of the annual holiday party for families that GMHC works with who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
In Philadelphia, audiences have been waiting for Perestroika, part two of Tony Kushner's epic Angels in America. Few plays with huge colliding social themes hold up as well as Angels, and few are as structurally solid and adventurous.
"If you're prepared for what you'd like to do with the rest of your life and you're putting in the time and are passionate about what you're doing, you have to just stay with it. There's no magic formula for how to get through the maze."
Several people report they cannot forgive Eisenhower's moral and political failure to speak out and repudiate McCarthy. That is not how it went down with Ike, according to Jim Newton's excellent new biography, Eisenhower: The White House Years.
Crayton Robey's documentary Making 'The Boys' chronicles changes in both gay culture and its acceptance by mainstream America, reminding us that 40 years ago, gays and lesbians had fewer civil rights than black people or women.