The Alternative Arts Collective is bringing part one of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play to Sacramento. This heartrending tragicomedy is captivating in its intimate and sympathetic portrayal of the sad and scared people whose dramas unfold onstage, but the play rises to the level of masterpiece in its smart, incisive and thought-provoking commentary on politics, religion and death. Though set in the 1980s in New York and primarily fixed on the ramifications of the HIV epidemic on the personal lives of people in the gay community, Kushner’s work is still relevant today, and no less moving. Kushner peppers his work with wonderful zingers and characters with charm to spare, but it’s not a light work in the slightest. The uninitiated should prepare themselves for a tour-de-force of theater in the form of this modern American classic. Because “Angels in America” is such an epic, it’s performed in two parts. The Alternative Arts Collective will be putting on the first, “Millennium Approaches,” starting on Jan. 2, with the second, “Perestroika,” running from Jan. 30 to Feb. 15. For more information, click here.
What: ‘Angels in America: Millennium Approaches’
When: Thursday, Jan. 2, 9 p.m.
Where: TAAC’s Blue Box Theatre, Oxford St. and Lea Way, Sacramento