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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches


by Tony Kushner

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches Act 1, Scene 6 Summary

  • Stage directions tell us that it's the first week of November.
  • We're in the men's restroom at the Brooklyn Federal Court of Appeals.
  • Louis cries over the sink.
  • Joe enters. He introduces himself to Louis and asks him if he's okay.
  • Louis says it's really nice of Joe to ask – three dudes have come in before and just ran away. He calls them, "Reaganite heartless macho asshole lawyers" (1.6.23).
  • Joe admits proudly that he voted for Reagan – twice.
  • Louis marvels that he's standing in the presence of a gay Republican.
  • Joe says he's not gay.
  • Louis tells him, "I mean you sound like a... " (1.6.38).
  • "Like a what?" Joes asks (1.6.39).
  • "Like a Republican," Louis teases (1.6.40).
  • Awkwardly, Joe tries to ask if Louis thinks he sounds gay. Joe can never quite get it out, though, and, in the end, he just says he's confused.
  • Louis confirms that, yep, Joe does seem pretty confused.
  • "My name is Louis. My friends call me Louise," says Louis.
  • He exits quickly, giving Joe a kiss on the cheek.

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