Angels in Afghanistan

A controversial, uneven, and eerily timely production at the Berkeley Rep

Politics Onstage: Rahul Gupta, Jacqueline 
Antaramian, and Hector Correa.
Kevin Berne
Politics Onstage: Rahul Gupta, Jacqueline Antaramian, and Hector Correa.

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Produced by the Berkeley Repertory Theater

Through June 23

Tickets are $42-54

(510) 647-2949

www.berkeleyrep.org

Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison (between Shattuck and Milvia), Berkeley

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Kushner wants to fuse George Bernard Shaw's polemical-epic style with the personal drama of Tennessee Williams or Chekhov, but the experiment falls apart, like Angels, because his characters are so thin. (By Angels I mean both parts, including Perestroika.) He still hasn't found a way to fuse his politics onto real people without distorting the people. There are signs of growth, however -- at least none of the characters here is a malicious cartoon, like the Mormons in Angels. Last week on the radio Kushner admitted to drag queen envy, to feeling like a nerd when he'd rather be fabulous, and the same tension exists in Homebody/Kabul: He wants to make up for his pedanticism by spinning a fabulous, world-consuming epic. Sometimes, in fits, he succeeds.

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