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Houston Voice, No. 754, April 7, 1995 - File 018. 1995-04-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 10, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4999/show/4983.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 754, April 7, 1995
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date April 7, 1995
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 018
Transcript HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 7, 1995 17 Part I of 'Angels' at the Alley an amazing theatrical experience (Continued from preceding page) The parallelism is mosi obviously notable in the two disintegrating relationships— the wretchedness and lack of honor 'felt by Louis and joe. and ihe feelings of abandonment which Prior and Harper have in common. Ii is the slew of references, however, which are st pe i v e, "Miin dozen mentions io ^^^^^^^^^^ works and stars of film and (heater. Kushner's own background provides a trove of sources for Jewish references throughout the play, and his fascination with M o r m o n i s m positions it strongly in "Millennium." Kushner uses methods both tried and relatively untested in tying his characters together. Louis, as il so happens, works in the same courthouse as Joe. Joe walks in on Louis in ihe bathroom where is he is dabbing al crocodile tears. The two exchange pleasani- ries and apologies for the awkward moment, hi the brief discourse, Louis reveals his assumption that Joe is gay. An assumption he affirms with a peck on ihe cheek, even after Joe denies being homosexual, and a base is laid. The judge for whom Joe clerks happens io be in the hip pocket of Conn, and Cohn otters Joe a job in Washington, D.C. working for ihe Justice Department . Black as Roy Cohn ■linni Approaches " story Two othei characters enter the through the dynamic events occurring in both relationships, Belize (Michael McElroy) is Prior's former lover and a now a good friend. A no-nonsense q in- e n , Be I i ze s lm w s g r e a ( paiience with boih Prioi and Louis, yet little tolerance for wayward behavior from either, and she has arrived to offer care and comfort to Prior. Hannah Put (Betlye Fitzpairick) is Joe's mother. She has a salt-of-the- earth presence with a stern, matronly disposition, She goes to New York when Joe informs her that he is gay. Perhaps ihe best pan of Kushner's structure are the dreams and hallucinations. Prior and Harper share one together, in which ihey also share the "threshold of revelalion," and thereby reveal aspects of each other's lives. Harper's hallucinations are generally haunted by Mr. Lies (McElroy), a sinister travel agent who guides Harper I brough her dream- scapes. Prior's dreams at first consist Of a mellifluous voice, bul evenlu- ally involve apparitions of two ancestors, Prior l (Whalen) and Prior Z (Black) are prior Prior Walters, who were both victims of plagues from (heir own time pei iods. Cohn's hallucination is by far the worst. He must lace Ethel Rosenberg dit/pairick), and years earlier Cohn had been instrumental in ensuring thai Rosenberg had received the death penally Her appearance ignites Cohn's stubbornness and bravado, bin she is more than an illusion of the pasi come to haunt ihe present. She is a harbinger of irrevocable change: "History is about io crack wide open. Millennium approaches." And states that there will be an accounting for all sins. There are masterful performances from the entire cast. John Feltch has a CO) and disarming, though not overpow ering, femininily as Prior. Feltch exudes a succoring contentment, an indignant rage and a willowy amazement. His performance is sustained and touching. Joseph Haj has an affably analytical demeanor as Louis. Though ihe tormeni he exhibits seems somewhat forced, Haj more than compensates with a salutary run through Louis' rambling rationalizations and lamentable acknowledgements. David Whalen gives a sterling per formance as Joe. He does a stunning job with Joe's interactions with Harper, moving from perfunctory concern to self—righteous denial to anguished admission. As both ihe nefarious Roy Cohn and the ehullieni Prior 2, James Black is remarkable. Black has an explosive slage personality that erupls in firebrand posturing, and he brilliantly caplures Cohn's undiluted arrogance. Annalee Jefferies is hypnotic as the distraught Harper. At times lacking in stridency, Jefferies nevertheless displays an identifiable resolve in her otherwise ethereal characterization. Michael McElroy has a grand elan as Ihe ebullient Belize. Me performs wilh unabashed panache and brings a d i st inc live familiarity to his delightful role. Director Michael Wilson is in lop form with this production. He astutely places emphasis in all the right places: Cohn's unbridled rage, Belize's giant flourishes; Prior's desperate pleas; Louis' continuing guilt; Harper's spacey monologues; and Joe's stoic morality are all vividly elicited from die players by Wilson. Mosi importantly Wilson doesn't over dramatize the work (which could easily be done). Kushner's play is rife wilh humor, and Wilson doesn't miss a single line in that regard. "Millennium Approaches" is a magnificent drama, bul one thing it mosi certainly is not is a complete work. This is definitely a part one, for "Millennium" has no finality whatsoever. The closing lines, "Greetings. Prophet/The Great Work begins/ The Messenger has arrived." clearh portend much more to come. And though only half a play, •'Millennium" is unsurpassed as drama. Mark this: before the millennium has arrived college students everywhere will be analyzing this text, providing their own insight and interpre- ation, and they wilfbe doin6 „„ 1U1 generations to come; that is the literary significance of this work —it will he a tool of instruction, a model of superior theaier. "Millennium Approaches" is a tremendous experience, and I urge you with trembling pleasure to see this play. It's the greatest theatrical work of ihe last half of ihis century. Bravo! 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