21 January 2008

Angels In America

| Jose Macondo Velaquez
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Papermoon theatre company’s current production, “Angels in America”, is truly one not to be missed! Reviews of the show have been fantastic; and with good reason. This is captivating theatre. Directors Jarrad West and Liz Bradley’s production is brave, beautiful and simply not like anything else I remember seeing on a Canberra stage in a long time. Don’t take the kids along – it’s not exactly a family show – but people 16 years and over should be OK.

Angels in America is actually two plays – “Millenium Approaches” and its sequel “Perestroika”; but really it is the one story told accross two scripts. However, you can choose to only see one if you wish, and later decide whether or not to see the second. However, it is cheaper if you buy tickets to both shows up front.

Many may remember seeing the t.v. miniseries on the ABC over the last couple of years, starring Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Merryl Streep and Mary-Louise Parker among other great actors. This was actually an adaptation of the plays, which were first produced in the early nineties in various US cities, on London’s West End and in Broadway.

Tickets are through Canberra Ticketing: ph 6275 2700

Here is the official press release for the show:


Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America is being performed for the first time here in Canberra. Angels in America was lauded as a ‘ground-breaking new play’ when it premiered on Broadway in 1990. It tells the story of two couples whose relationships are disintegrating in the 1980’s, set against a backdrop of religion, conservatism, politics, and the discovery of a new disease that would ultimately affect the entire world: AIDS.
The story is comprised of two parts, Millenium Approaches, and Perestroika. These two plays will be performed in repertory, with both plays being performed on Saturdays.

The production stars a host of well known Canberra based actors, including
Soren Jensen, last seen in Canberra Philharmonic’s production of The Producers; Steph Brewster, currently appearing in Paris Hat’s production of Sexual Perversity in Chicago; and Micki Beckett, who last entertained Canberra audiences as Mrs. Bennett in Free Rain’s production of Pride and Prejudice.

Liz Bradley and Jarrad West are directing both plays; Liz is well known to Canberra audiences, having performed and directed in the local theatre scene for many years. Jarrad, a relative newcomer to the Canberra theatre scene, hails from Western Australia, and directed the well-received cabaret show Tickets, Music, Passport! at Teatro Vivaldi’s earlier this year.

ANU Arts Centre from January 12th 2008

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