I’ll be brief.
Part 2 is wonderful. Perhaps not as startling wonderful as Angels In America Part 1, Millennium Approaches [Review], but after so many hours, it’s possible to become inured to beauty and proficiency. The next four hours, as we discover the fate of the players, passed pleasantly. More coke. Less pick ‘n’ mix.
If you get the chance, if you have the time, see it. Whether politics or relationships or crazy appeal to you, you’ll find something that makes your mind spool. See NT Live for Encore showings. You need to book Parts 1 and 2 separately. I strongly recommend Part 1 first. 🙂
What did I take from it?
In the end, Kushner reserves the harshest fates for those who fail to be themselves, for those who fail to speak their own truth. One character is asked to speak for the world, but decides it is more important to speak only for himself.
Those who admit their true feelings are forgiven. Those who do not hide their sexuality, their crazy, their love, their fears, are saved. Those who allow shame to push them to the gravest denials are not even given an epilogue.
Each person deserves to be seen and deserves … to be not just tolerated or accepted, but actually to be a citizen. (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett)
From Kushner’s perspective, that requires a choice to be unashamedly who you are, even if you can’t be sure where that will lead. I guess there is no other form of freedom. Whatever the world says is right, whatever gods call upon you to do, march to your own tune.
Although frankly, what else would you expect someone who writes a fricking eight hour play to think?