Zachary Quinto

London calling: 'Angels in America' as fresh as ever at the National Theatre

London calling: 'Angels in America' as fresh as ever at the National Theatre

LONDON — For an American theatergoer in London this summer, there can be little doubt that the best new play of the year so far is Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” at the National Theatre.

Yes, I’m aware that this two-part epic, subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” was first produced in its entirety at the Mark Taper Forum in 1992. But it’s hard not to be astonished by the way the play’s richly expansive sociopolitical vision, which was born out of a particular historical moment, is able to shed light on contemporary crisis-ridden America. The headlines may have changed, but Kushner’s national themes haven’t lost the power to explain America to itself and the rest of...

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