Angels in America

By Julia Kemp

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is a two-part play by Tony Kushner. The play is 8 hours long, covering the life of Prior Walter, the last living member of a WASP family, who is dying of AIDS. The play contains extremely intense themes of community and despair, and covers topics of identity like race, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. 

Andrew Garfield opened as Prior Walter on the West End in London and eventually moved to Broadway in 2017. Garfield’s work earned him much success in the musical theater world; he was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor and earned the award as well! The incredibly taxing role was incredibly mastered by Garfield; Not many other actors could cry, die, and go delirious for 8 hours on stage like Garfield did. Overall, I think that Angels in America truly showcases Andrew Garfield’s amazing ability to carry out complex themes and emotions on stage. Angels in America elevated Garfield’s status as an actor and proved that he’s not only an incredible actor in movies, but on Broadway as well.