Ambitious 'Angels'

September 10, 1998|By J. Wynn Rousuck

In a community-theater effort of impressive daring, AXIS Theatre is producing Tony Kushner's award-winning "Angels in America." A few reasons the production is so daring: One, its themes range from AIDS and politics to Mormonism; two, it's a two-part epic that runs a total of seven hours; and three, its eclectic cast of characters includes a Mormon couple, a homosexual couple (one of whom has AIDS), Red-baiting attorney Roy Cohn and, of course, angels.

None of these challenges, however, are deterring this valiant little theater, where Part 1, "Millennium Approaches," opens tonight. Part 2, "Perestroika," opens Sept. 24. Director Brian Klaas' cast includes Mary Anne Angelella, Stephen Antonsen, Mark Bernier, Bethany Brown, Randy Hadaway, Kahlil Lowry, Patrick Martyn and Donna Sherman.

AXIS Theatre, which is newly air-conditioned, is at 3600 Clipper Mill Road. Show times for "Angels in America" are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 8. After "Perestroika" opens, each part will be performed on alternating weeks, with both parts performed back-to-back on Oct. 18 and Nov. 1. (There is no performance Sept. 13.) Tickets to each part are $10 and $14, except opening nights, which are $18, including a post-show party. Call 410-243-5237.

Pub Date: 9/10/98

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