Tony Kushner Wrestles with Angels and Politics in “The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures”

Mark Margolis (Gus) and Deirdre Lovejoy (Empty)

Winner of two Tony Awards, three Obies, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Kushner probably remains best known for “Angels in America,” his two-part epic play that involves love, loss, Mormonism, Valium addiction, imaginary trips to the Antarctic, drag queens, and characters from real life (including Roy Cohn, the chief counsel to Joseph McCarthy's Senate investigations in the 1950s and Ethel Rosenberg, who was executed for treason). And, of course, an angel.

So it's no surprise that Kushner's latest play, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre for its West Coast premiere, “The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures,” (his husband nicknamed it “iHo”) also features big ideas, politics, religion, and lots and lots of argument in the story of three siblings whose father, a communist retired longshoreman in Brooklyn, threatens to commit suicide.

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