This play is freaky good. Rarely does a work of art so epic follow through so completely. If you liked Rent and want twice the profundity with none o...moreThis play is freaky good. Rarely does a work of art so epic follow through so completely. If you liked Rent and want twice the profundity with none of the singing, this one's up your alley.
I don't really think of it as being a play about homosexuality, although it definitely has that slant. It's really about the 1980s. You've got your elder, greed-is-good lawyer (closet case dying of AIDS). You've got his young yuppie protege (Mormon who leaves his wife to have an affair with a man). And the cast is rounded out by a gay couple (one gets AIDS, the other leaves him), the Mormon's wife (Valium-popper living the housewife's nightmare), and for much needed comic relief, a hilarious fa-laming male nurse. The ghost of Ethel Rosenberg and a few angels also make appearances.
I bought the book because I'm a nerd and wanted to study it after it blew me away. If you're not that committed and can't see it live, there's an excellent movie version with Al Pacino and Meryl Streep that I definitely recommend viewing. Just be careful when you watch it. It's six hours long and shouldn't be imposed on anyone else unless (s)he is also a nerd and has signed a consent form.(less)