Review Roundup: ANGELS IN AMERICA is "brilliant and breathtaking"

Thursday | Sep. 19, 2019

We've been anticipating this one ever since we announced our 2019-2020 season: Angels in America is a landmark production in the history of The Rep, bringing next-level drama and magic to our stage.

We're compiling all of the local critical reactions in this space, so be sure to keep checking back as the reviews continue to roll in! The show continues through October 6.

Reviews for Part One – Millennium Approaches:

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"Epic storytelling, pointed irreverence and naked theatricality come together in 'Angels in America,' the brilliant and breathtaking production that opens the 2019-20 Repertory Theatre of St. Louis season."

Andrea Torrence, St. Louis Theatre Snob:

"If you’ve never seen this play before, now’s the time. And if you have seen this play before, now’s the time to see it again. Seriously."

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky, HEC-TV's Two on the Aisle:

"Clear, intelligent and moving."

Michelle Kenyon, Snoop's Theatre Thoughts:

"This production has lived up to the hype, with an excellent cast including a few high-profile names, and truly stunning production values."

Kevin Brackett, ReviewSTL:

"Angels in America is a show that most everyone has heard of, but not everyone has had the opportunity to see performed live. There is no better opportunity at present than the outstanding production being performed at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis."

Mark Bretz, Ladue News:

"Angels in America: Millenium Approaches is a daunting task, but The Rep is up to the challenge as it ushers in its new era in its rich history in flamboyant and fascinating fashion."

Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks:

"Family questions. Ethics. Loyalty. Strength. Universal themes. It’s a stunning production and the sort of show that people will end up saying, 'I wish I could have seen that.' It will live a long time in the memories of the audience."

Tina Farmer, KDHX:

"Finely tuned, thoroughly integrated performances bring these characters to life with touches of genuine humor and pathos."

Reviews for Part Two – Perestroika:

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"Director Tony Speciale delivers a richly theatrical experience that’s as intriguing as it is entertaining. And the cast, most of whom take on multiple roles, is excellent."

Mark Bretz, Ladue News:

"Perestroika pairs handsomely with Millenium Approaches to make The Rep’s initial production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes an intelligent and impressive achievement."

Rob Levy, Broadway World:

"A masterclass in acting, timing and pacing, Angels in America is a visceral drama that resonates with audiences via its ensemble."

Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks:

"The second part is as mesmerizing as the first. It’s not easy theatre, but it’s superb theatre."

Kevin Brackett, ReviewSTL:

"Packed with incredible performances, and still teeming with relevancy after decades, this is a must-see show."

Michelle Kenyon, Snoop's Theatre Thoughts:

"The Rep’s staging makes this challenging, thoroughly compelling drama all the more essential, with strong acting all around and even more stunning production values."