ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA
Perestroika is about danger and possibility following an explosion. Perestroika is expansive, exploratory, unresolved, open-ended. (The literal meaning of perestroika is "restructuring,” referring to the restructuring of the Soviet political and economic system.)
Tony Kushner’s two-play epic Angels in America is a universal tale about hope in the face of crisis and one of the greatest theatrical works of our time. Tony writes about catastrophe within marginalized communities. It doesn’t take much work to connect these stories to our lives today. More than ever Americans – in the face of crumbling structures and systems – must wrestle with how best to embrace the idea of hope.
From Prior’s last moments in the play: “So we live past hope. If I can find hope anywhere, that's it, that's the best I can do. It's so much not enough. It's so inadequate. But still bless me anyway. I want more life.”
Let the great work continue.
“Angels in America Part 2 alights at Intiman Theatre” - The Seattle Times
“Jennifer Zeyl’s unit Hall of Justice set, symbolically stripped to its Greek columns, is the framework for dozens of short scenes efficiently choreographed by Russell, in good speed. Robert Aguilar’s lighting and Matt Starritt’s sound design are invaluable additions.” - The Seattle Times
“The more you just wing it with Kushner’s philosophical gyrations and surreal flights, the more rewarding the journey. And as the Intiman actors sink deeper into their roles, under Andrew Russell’s direction, the better they are.” - The Seattle Times
“If part one of Angels in America is a fever dream, part two is a kaleidoscopic seizure: Millennium Approaches sets us up, Perestroika knocks us down. Intiman's ambitious summer production, directed by Andrew Russell, fulfills the play's two-part rhythm.” - The Stranger
“...Perestroika is where the ground, cultivated in part one, begins to sprout bizarre and wonderful flowers. Intiman's production lets them bloom.” - The Stranger