Prior and Harper meet each other in a realm between dreams and hallucination.
Angels In America, baring a bold sense of irony and moral insight, is a theatre experience to savour.
There's a fine line between the dream world and hallucinations. Both realms offer us momentary escape, between murderers on the loose and angels filling the skies. The nightmare begins when characters from that other side start to cross over. That's when dreams, nightmares, visions and reality all become a blur.
Is there really someone with a knife in the next room, or is it just the meds? Was that really a voice heard from above or just a dream? Treading this tightrope over a deadly plunge is US playwright Tony Kushner’s 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels In America.
This two-part epic has been staged worldwide for over two decades. In 2003, HBO adapted Angels In America into a star-studded, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning miniseries. Now, Malaysian director Christopher Ling has brought it the local theatre stage with an impressive cast of our own. Angels In America: Millennium Approaches, which tells the first part of the saga, is playing at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, until Sunday Aug 17.
After watching Millennium Approaches, we can hope that Angels In America: Perestroika, part two of the play, will get a staging as well.