Gough is a bravely tough-as-nails Harper, a turn from the emotionally fragile version we've seen in the past, while McArdle, though having a tendency to push Louis's New York Jewish accent a bit too far over the edge, finds the truth in Louis's struggle to understand the world in which he lives. Tovey is a devastatingly truthful Joe, and Garfield, in the titanic role of Prior, beautifully navigates the very different worlds in which the character lives. Equally excellent are Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Belize and Susan Brown, a comforting vision as Hannah Pitt, Joe's mother who unwittingly becomes both Harper and Prior's caretaker.
The 18-week run of Angels will begin performances February 23 at the Nederlander Organization’s Neil Simon Theatre, with an official opening March 21. The lead producers are Tim Levy, head of NT America, and Jujamcyn Theatres topper Jordan Roth. The two-part epic ( Millennium Approaches and Perestroika ) recently was telecast to . movie theaters through NT Live and was SRO in London following rapturous reviews. Those included a keeper from the New York Times ‘ Ben Brantley, all but assuring a repeat for the transfer.
Kushner prefers that the theatricality be transparent. In his notes about staging, he writes: "The plays benefit from a pared-down style of presentation, with scenery kept to an evocative and informative minimum. [...] I recommend rapid scene shifts (no blackouts!), employing the cast as well as stagehands in shifting the scene. This must be an actor-driven event. [...] The moments of magic [...] are to be fully imagined and realized, as wonderful theatrical illusions—which means it's OK if the wires show, and maybe it's good that they do..." Kushner is an admirer of Brecht, who practiced a style of theatrical production whereby audiences were often reminded that they were in a theatre. The choice to have "no blackouts" allows audiences to participate in the construction of a malleable theatrical world.