Celebrating Gay Anger

TITLE: ANGELS IN AMERICA

AUTHOR: TONY KUSHNER

WHERE: MARK TAPER FORUM, LOS ANGELES

THE BOTTOM LINE: An AIDS epic dazzlingly blends sitcom, the supernatural and the ghost of Roy Cohn.

The central visual image of this season's most eagerly awaited American play is a towering wall, like the facade of some Greek Revival government colossus, with two jagged cracks running from top to bottom. Before a word is spoken, this symbol -- with its promise of that facade's eventually cracking wide open -- conveys the aura of physical decay and revolutionary social change that drives Tony Kushner's 7 1/2-hr. epic about...

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