Angels in America: Parts One and Two
by Anthony Chase
This is the final week to catch Subversive Theatre’s presentation of both parts of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. My favorite aspect of the undertaking has been to see some wonderful Buffalo actors assay the iconic roles. Joy Scime and Darleen Pickering Hummert give contrasting but marvelous performances as Ethel Rosenberg, each in her way, sardonic, mysterious, and entirely right. Greg Howze (pictured above, with Kristin Bentley) and Xavier Harris are delightful as two incarnations of Belize. Gail Golden and Virginia Brannon are wonderful as they navigate the two parts of Hannah’s journey. Brian Riggs and Geoff Pictor could not be more different as Prior and yet each is compelling and terrifically affecting. Kristin Bentley is excellent as Harper, and Megan Callahan brings a personal spark to the character as well. Jonathan Shuey and Brian Zybala walk the fragile line of deeply flawed but unavoidably compelling Joe with agility. Tim Joyce and Jerrold Brown bring great fun (but never compassion) to their portrayals of odious Roy Cohn. Everyone is up to the task. This has been an exciting and successful effort.
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