"We Are What We Are": Nine Need-to-Know LGBT Characters from Broadway

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21 Jun 2014

Stephen Spinella
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3. Prior Walter – Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Angels in America is so successfully so many things that it's easy to file it away as a politics play or an AIDS play or an 80s play or whatever, and forget many of its enduring strengths. One of those strengths of Angels in America is the way it serves as a coming-of-age, or coming-into-his-own, story for its central hero, Prior Walter. Prior starts out as something of any everyman, an unambitious, even superficial person. When he is hit with the double whammy of AIDS and abandonment by his boyfriend, we go along with him on a hallucinogenic, transformative journey from being a victim to rising like a phoenix, the sage in the robe at the end of the show, a wise man who has learned and lived to tell.

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