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. In Perestroika, we also hear a lot about what's going on in the Soviet Union. Want to know more about the Reagan era? Click here.
Ultimately Angels in America depicts the Reagan era as a dark period that progressively-minded people had to suffer through.
The play presents Gorbachev, Reagan's Soviet counterpart, as a hero who dared move his country and the world forward.