Angels in America is pretty much the play on Reagan-era America. Sure, there are others, but few are as wide in scope. The AIDS epidemic was a major issue during this era, and much paranoia and misinformation surrounded the rise of the disease. The play focuses on the terrible toll that the AIDS epidemic took on the gay community. But the play expands beyond the issues of sexuality and disease to examine the Cold War and rise of modern conservatism under Reagan's presidency. Want to know more about the Reagan Era? Click here.
Tony Kushner's left-wing politics are highly apparent in this play. The Reaganites in the play are portrayed as either immoral and power-hungry or naïve and deluded.
Angels in America presents a balanced and accurate view of America in the 1980s.