Theater review: THE NORMAL HEART

July 1, 2011

My (belated) review of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart on Broadway has just been posted on CultureVulture.net. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Joe Mantello and John Benjamin Hickey in "The Normal Heart" (photo by Joan Marcus)

As I say in the review, “It’s a tribute to the power of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart as both a play and as a historical document that I didn’t think I could bring myself to see the new production currently finishing its limited run on Broadway. Having seen the 1985 original and the 2004 revival (both at the Public Theater), having read and written about the play several times in the interim, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to subject myself to the inevitable agony of reliving my own experiences of the early 1980s when the grim reaper of AIDS slashed its way through New York City gay life. But the word of mouth was so strong, and the vote of confidence from the Tony Awards so compelling (best play revival, best supporting actor and actress), that I needed to satisfy my curiosity about both how the play looks at this distance in time and the performances under the direction of George C. Wolfe.”

You can see the entire review online here.

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