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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches Act 3, Scene 7 Summary
Another split scene is upon us. Prior is still alone in his apartment, freaking out about the wing sounds. On the other side of the stage, Louis sits alone in a park. Prior calls for Louis and then starts saying crazy stuff: "in the dark, in the dark, the Recording Angel opens its hundred eyes and snaps the Book of Life" (3.7.2). Over in the park, Joe approaches Louis. He asks Louis if he knows the story of Lazarus, the man the Bible says raised Jesus from the dead. Louis asks if Joe really believes that story. Joe says he doesn't know what he believes anymore. Louis points out that it's kind of a coincidence, them meeting here. Joe admits that he followed Louis here from work. Louis says Joe must think he's a sensitive guy who cries for his friends and stuff. You're wrong, though, says Louis. I'm heartless. Joe tentatively touches Louis' face. Louis pulls away, telling Joe his hand will probably fall off. Joe awkwardly tells Louis that he really wants to touch him. Louis takes his hand and asks him to come home with him. Joe can't believe Louis wants to go to bed with him. They hardly know each other, and what Louis does know about him he doesn't like. "The Republican stuff?" asks Louis. "I don't not like that. I hate that" (3.7.32). Louis kisses Joe and tells him that he really doesn't want to be alone tonight. Joe admits that he doesn't feel like he deserves to be loved. Well, there you go, says Louis. We've got tons in common. They exit together. Prior is totally flipping out about this sound of wings. He assures himself that he can take it. "I am a gay man and I am used to pressure, to trouble, I am tough and strong and... " (3.7.41). The lights start to flicker like crazy. The bed rolls around. The walls begin to grow. Prior is totally freaking out because something is coming inside. Crazy music! Crazy lights! An awestruck Prior says, "God almighty... Very Steven Spielberg" (3.7.45). There's the sound of a something huge plummeting to the earth. The room gets darker and darker and the thing gets closer. BOOM! The ceiling caves in. "And then in a shower of unearthly white light, spreading great opalescent gray-sliver wings, the angel descends into the room and floats above the bed" (3.7.46). The angel cries, "Greetings, Prophet; The Great Work begins: The Messenger has arrived" (3.7.48).
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