The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America

The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America

The oral history of Angels in America, told by artists who created it and audiences forever changed by it-a moving account of the AIDS era, essential queer history, and an exuberant backstage tale When Tony Kushner's Angels in America hit Broadway in 1993, it won the Pulitzer Prize, swept the Tonys, and changed the way gay lives were represented in popular culture. Mike Nic The oral history of Angels in America, told by artists who created it and audiences forever changed by it-a moving ac...

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Title:The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
Author:Isaac Butler
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America Reviews

  • Erin
    Apr 16, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...

    Review pending ...

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  • Alex Strout
    Apr 14, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...

    Review pending ...

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  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Feb 20, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

  • Robin
    Apr 09, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...

    Review pending ...

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  • CarolineFromConcord
    Mar 21, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

  • Monica
    Feb 23, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

  • Carmen
    Apr 11, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

  • Meghan
    Feb 21, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

  • Kristie
    Feb 19, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...

    Review pending ...

    ...

  • Erica Eisdorfer
    Feb 28, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

  • Stacey
    Mar 19, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...

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  • Thomas Lowe
    Mar 08, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

  • Kevin
    Mar 02, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

  • Jana
    Mar 24, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

  • Jeremy
    Apr 06, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

  • Katy
    Mar 22, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

  • Jeff
    Feb 19, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

  • Alyssa Lentz
    Feb 28, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

  • Denise St Pierre
    Mar 22, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

  • Jill Meyer
    Feb 15, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

  • Jeff Santilli
    Mar 19, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

  • Kari
    Mar 07, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

  • Doug
    Feb 27, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

  • Scott
    Apr 09, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...

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  • Ron Popp
    Feb 19, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...

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  • Heather
    Apr 13, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

  • Richard Noggle
    Mar 27, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

  • Ric
    Apr 15, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

  • Samantha Myers
    Apr 01, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...

    Review pending ...

  • OttemFox
    Mar 30, 2018

    4.5, rounded up. Considering I read this over 400 page book in less than 24 hours, it would be disingenuous of me to give it anything less than 5 stars. There are definite problems with both the book AND its subject, but structuring over 250 oral interviews into a consistently informat...

    The authors of this history of "Angels in America" (a seven-hour play now 25 years old) and the world from which it grew interviewed scores of people and organized their often powerful words in script form. It was challenging to keep track of who the speakers were, and I kept flipping ...

    There are very few theatrical productions that both recount the change of history and make that recount a change in itself. "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" by Tony Kushner is one such production. Appearing in the mid-1980's and continuing to this day, Kushner's p...

    Oral histories are eminently bingeable. Like binge-until-you're-queasyworthy. But most of the oral histories I've read have been about subjects like Saturday Night Live, full of gossip and anecdots about a subject I know a lot about. Angels in America, on the other hand, I'm only s...

    Compelling oral history that highlights just how strongly this play affected the people involved in the various productions of it, the audiences, and the world at large. Its continuing impact cannot be overstated. The structure of the book is excellent: interviews with the actors, dire...

    I absolutely loved this book and could reread it immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in theatre and its creation. The interviews revealed new layers of meaning and ways of thinking about the play, and made me even more excited to see it again. ...

    I loved the wide range of voices and themes in this oral history, a beautiful and moving tribute to the greatest American play of all time. It?s impossible for me to be objective about something I love so much, but this is a fascinating dive into the complexities of the play?s evol...

    A brilliant, sprawling, entertaining oral history of a brilliant, sprawling, entertaining play phenomenon. And I say this not just because I?m quoted in it. ...

    My first book of the year, and it was a great one. It was so fascinating to read about the birth and ascent of my all-time favorite play. ...

    Wow, I enjoyed this SO MUCH. It really opened up elements of the play for me that I didn't fully understand before and communicated how much of an impact it had. I loved the oral history format and I think it really benefitted from the different perspectives throughout. I also thought ...

    Theater director Isaac Butler and writer/editor Dan Kois have created a compelling, surprising and inspiring oral history of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America." They weave together the recollections of more than 240 actors, playwrights, critics, theater ins...

    Like the Angel crashing through the ceiling at the end of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, heralding that "the great work begins," so too could Angels in America be said to have arrived on the scene of contemporary American theatre, forever coloring and changing what could be ...

    I was first exposed to Angels in America in high school. A classmate told me about the mini-series which I watched on the lowest possible volume because it was about gay people and that wasn't a topic spoken about in my house. I fell in love with it, read the play, and even used Harper...

    A gorgeous, expansive, and enlightening tome on this ever-relevant play. I powered through it in anticipation of seeing the New York production this week, and I'm so glad I did. It illuminates so many wonderful intersections of true history and the history immortalized in the play -- h...

    For those of us who lived through the crisis of the crisis; for those of us who get the dramaturgical significance of the play; for those of us who sat in an audience or saw the HBO miniseries (with Streep/Pacino/etc) and were stunned and changed-- The World Only Spins Forward is the j...

    Probably a little too specific for a general readership but Butler and Kois' masterful oral history provides a unique look at the conception and continuing evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest and most important works of theater. Cast and crew interviews take us through ea...

    I love ANGELS IN AMERICA. I performed in a production in grad school and wrote about it for my thesis. I directed a production a few years later and just plain love this play. I adored the history, perspectives, anecdotes and surprises that filled this book. It gets 5 stars. YMMV. ...

    I'm completely obsessed. After seeing the show for the first time, I had to read this to put it into historical and theatrical context. I was amazed at Kushner's abilities. He was an inspiration to me as I'm trying to write. ...

    I like this book more than I like the play. ...

    I feel like this book would be fascinating even if I wasn?t obsessed with Angels. Great stuff. ...

    Great look at the creation and ongoing influence of two of the great plays, if not THE great plays of the 20th century. Fascinating and essential reading. ...

    An engrossing portrait of how plays?and in particular Angels In America?are forged through collaboration, rewrites, and determination. ...