Friday, December 19, 2003

angels in america, part 3

I don't think this is a play that one has to accept at face value, either its point of view or its ideas about gay people, Mormans, God, Republicans, New York City or AIDS. Life is overwhelming, we construct what we can to deal with it, our past, present and future. The first play is the stronger one, giving us glimpses of this stew pot of images. The second play concludes all the stories running through the play, but it is a little too neat and tidy, and the powerful images lose their steam.

Given that America itself is a popular culture and an abstraction, this play offers a scrambled egg approach to thinking and talking about these many odd and different parts that make up America.

Watching the movie did feel, at times, like a walk down a memory lane of horrors, the years in the 1980s when people died violent deaths, when their families often rejected them at their neediest moment, and where a new collection of families arose to deal with the suffering.

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