The Gay White Way

Angels in America and other new works center on homosexual themes

If you judged the world by watching network television, you might be astonished by surveys suggesting that homosexuals constitute 1% to 4% of the U.S. population -- not because the number is so much lower than apparent reality, as some critics argue, but because it is so high compared with gays' virtual invisibility on the small screen. Hollywood movies afford scarcely more notice. Yet in the theater, long a haven for gay artists provided they addressed straight topics, gay characters and stories have abruptly taken center stage. After decades on the fringe, gay-themed works are increasingly enjoying lavish Broadway productions and...

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