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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | December 7, 2003
HBO's Angels in America is a remarkable and stunning television production. The six-hour adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about AIDS and America in the 1980s, which begins tonight, goes dead against almost every current trend in prime-time network programming. At a time when the major broadcast networks, at the behest of their bottom-line-oriented corporate masters, are going to ever-cheaper formulas such as reality television, the cost of Angels is a whopping $60 million.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 22, 2008
History was made on several fronts at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards last night. The HBO miniseries John Adams surpassed the 2003 HBO production Angels in America to become the most honored long form program in TV history. Meanwhile, AMC's Mad Men, a stylish series about life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s, became the first basic cable program to win as best drama. And then came writer-actress Tina Fey and the series she created, NBC's 30 Rock, dominating the comedy category like no other sitcom in years as it took home awards for best writing, best actress, best actor and best comedy.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 20, 1995
PHILADELPHIA -- Some people expect him to bark or bite. Others shy away.Jonathan Hadary has never experienced anything like this before. But he takes it as a compliment. After all, the actor is playing Roy Cohn.Sen. Joseph McCarthy's right-hand man during the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s, Cohn is the character Hadary describes as "the devil" in "Angels in America."An imaginative and inspiring two-part, seven-hour epic by Tony Kushner, "Angels" interweaves the stories of two couples: one homosexual and the other Mormon (and ostensibly straight)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | October 26, 2006
The millennium was a decade away when Tony Kushner wrote Angels in America. His wildly imaginative work warned of the dangers of big government, disease, addiction, bigotry and of ignoring civic and interpersonal responsibilities. A half dozen years into the new millennium, the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre has produced Millennium Approaches, Part 1 of Kushner's megawork (the same director and cast return in June with Part 2, Perestroika). Although the gutsy production is uneven, much of Kushner's writing sounds startlingly current.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 24, 1995
The identifications of actors Peter Birkenhead and Robert Sella of "Angels in America" were transposed in a photo caption in yesterday's Today section. Robert Sella is pictured at the top.The Sun regrets the error.At times funny, at times ugly, at times mystical -- always challenging -- "Angels in America" is the most extraordinarily imaginative piece of American theater to surface in years.That such a serious, risky work made it to Broadway is a near miracle; that it is now touring and has come to Baltimore is proof that there are indeed angels in America.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 14, 1998
Two-thirds of the way through AXIS Theatre's forceful production of Tony Kushner's 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," there's a scene depicting the break-up of each of the play's two central couples -- one gay and the other Mormon.The break-ups are staged simultaneously and, as directed by Brian Klaas, the scene begins with the two men who are about to desert their lovers posed side by side. As the couples argue, their words intersect and overlap. The four participants are very specific individuals, and yet seen in this way, the shards of their relationships come together to form one broad kaleidoscopic picture of heartbreak, disappointment, anger and misunderstanding.
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November 25, 1995
The identifications of actors Peter Birkenhead and Robert Sella of "Angels in America" were transposed in a photo caption in yesterday's Today section. Robert Sella is pictured at the top.The Sun regrets the error.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 20, 1998
AXIS Theatre doesn't typically produce Broadway plays, but then, there's nothing typical about"Angels in America," Tony Kushner's two-part epic about politics, religion, relationships - and angels - in the Reagan era. Part one, "Millennium Approaches," is already off to an impressive start. Part two, "Peres-troika," opens Thursday."Angels in America" runs through Nov. 8 at AXIS, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. Tickets are $10 and $14.Call 410-243-5237.Pub Date: 9/20/98@
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 10, 1998
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.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | March 11, 1994
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner is dressed in a conservative dark suit and bow tie, with a small gold hoop earring in his left ear lobe. A mass of black curls crowns his bespectacled face.His appearance gives off mixed signals -- serious (the glasses and suit), jovial (the curls and bow tie) and forthright (the earring).It's a look that serves as an apt metaphor for the seemingly contradictory juxtapositions in his hit Broadway play, "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes."
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October 12, 2006
`ANGELS' AT SPOTLIGHTERS The lowdown -- A little theater that has never been daunted by large endeavors, the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre is taking on Tony Kushner's magnum opus, Angels in America, this season. Kushner's broad, imaginative canvas juxtaposes Mormonism, AIDS, politics and, of course, angels. Part one, Millennium Approaches, opens tomorrow. Part two, Perestroika, is scheduled for June. Under Gabriel Shanks' direction, the cast of Millennium Approaches is headed by Richard Goldberg, Patrick Kilpatrick, Terry J. Long, Shannon Maddox and Don Mullins.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | March 12, 2006
On Saturday, Kathleen Chalfant will be a one-woman party. That's when the New York actress will perform The Party - Ellen McLaughlin's adaptation of three Virginia Woolf short stories - at the Theatre Project's annual fundraising gala, an event that is itself a party. Portraying multiple characters - in this case, several partygoers and their hostess - is nothing new for Chalfant. For six years, she played half a dozen roles in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, earning a 1993 Tony Award nomination for her efforts.
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September 21, 2004
TELEVISION'S Angels in America earned a place in the record books Sunday when its cast and crew fluttered away with 11 Emmys, the most of any miniseries in history and surpassing even the acclaimed Roots. It was a well-deserved victory for the show about life, love, death and AIDS in America in the 1980s - and its awards weren't unexpected. Angels earned big raves from critics (and 21 Emmy nominations) not only for its smart and emotionally powerful script (adapted from Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play)
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | September 20, 2004
Angels in America, an epic six-hour drama about AIDS in Ronald Reagan's America, picked up 11 Emmy awards last night as HBO asserted its dominance as the home for daring and quality television. The haul ties Eleanor and Franklin, a 1976 TV movie, for the most Emmys won by a show in a single season - cementing Angels' place as a historic television event and a groundbreaking movie. The miniseries based on Tony Kush- ner's award-winning play swept the acting awards for a miniseries or movie - with awards going to heavyweights Al Pacino and Meryl Streep - as well as winning Emmys for writing and directing.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 20, 2004
When HBO's Angels in America won its 11th Emmy for outstanding mini-series last night, it earned a place in the record books -- on the same line as ABC's 1976 movie Eleanor and Franklin -- as one of the two most honored programs in television history. The HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-Prize-winning play about AIDS won every major award for which it was nominated, including Kushner for writing, Mike Nichols for directing and Al Pacino and Meryl Streep for acting. In doing so, the ground-breaking production also surpassed as most honored mini-series in history the landmark ABC production Roots.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | December 7, 2003
HBO's Angels in America is a remarkable and stunning television production. The six-hour adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about AIDS and America in the 1980s, which begins tonight, goes dead against almost every current trend in prime-time network programming. At a time when the major broadcast networks, at the behest of their bottom-line-oriented corporate masters, are going to ever-cheaper formulas such as reality television, the cost of Angels is a whopping $60 million.
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July 10, 1999
Kenneth K. Hall,81, whose 47-year career as a state and federal judge included a decision to allow female cadets at The Citadel, died Thursday in Charleston, W.Va., after a long illness.Sola Sierra,63, a prominent human rights activist during the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, died in Santiago, Chile, on July 1 of a heart attack while recovering from back surgery.Shafik Wazzan,74, who, as prime minister, oversaw the 1982 withdrawal of Palestinian guerrillas from Israeli-besieged Beirut, Lebanon, died Thursday in Beirut of a heart attack.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 6, 1993
'Dialogue With Kathleen Turner'Wednesday at the Senator 0) TheatreThe Baltimore Film Forum and the Senator Theatre will co-sponsor "A Dialogue With Kathleen Turner" in conjunction with the Maryland premiere of "House of Cards" at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the theater, 5904 York Road.Directed by Michael Lessac and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, "House of Cards" has been described as "perhaps the most striking of all the recent movies about childhood." After the screening there will be a question-and-answer period with Ms. Turner moderated by John Waters, who is currently directing the actress in his new film, "Serial Mom."
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By Abe Novick | November 26, 2001
THE WAVE of patriotism lifting the country to a height unseen since the 1940s has American consumers turning to the flag as brand - the chosen symbol and badge of honor. Americans have wrapped themselves in it, as if it were a red-white-and-blue blanket. Taken it out of the attic trunk where it was kept folded, suppressed deep down under their worn 1970s Earth shoes. There it rested, buried ever since Abbie Hoffman wore it as a sign of rebellion on his sleeve. Hidden, the flag lost its brand appeal.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | December 10, 2000
Washington's Arena Stage opened its 50th anniversary season with a revival of the first show it sent to Broadway, "The Great White Hope." Now it has re-mounted another Broadway transfer, Patrick Meyers' spine-chilling "K2," about a pair of climbers scaling the world's second-tallest mountain. Director Wendy C. Goldberg has reassembled the design team from Arena's 1982 production: set designer Ming Cho Lee, who won a Tony Award for his facsimile of the perilous peak; costume designer Noel Borden; and lighting designer Allen Lee Hughes.
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