The Newtown Theatre is putting on wings this autumn and preaching to Sydneysiders about sex, identity, politics and religion.

Angels in America -“ Part One: Millennium Approaches is a play by Tony Kushner that gives insight into the political landscape of AIDS in New York City circa 1985.

Director Alex Galeazzi said that solidarity and community are themes that figure strongly in this muscular text.

Through the eyes of Prior we are offered a rich tapestry of humanity in the face of an epidemic, he said. Underscoring this journey is political America, which resonates richly with irony and double standards. Kushner’s extremely funny observations on gay life during this turbulent time bristle with life-affirming vitality.

Gay strength and survival through adversity are one of Kushner’s main messages. Angels dissects the ironies within American politics and the Mormon religion. This is delivered with delicious humour and astute honesty.

The show opens on 24 April for a month-long stint and stars Angus King, Ray Chong Nee and Abigail Austin.

On Tuesday 20 May, there will be a one-off stage reading of the sequel Angels in America -“ Part Two: Perestroika.

I believe that everyone will relate in some way to Kushner’s wonderfully larger-than-life characters. They all come from a place of strong ideals galvanised by true beliefs, Galeazzi said.

An audience will run the gamut of emotions throughout this stunning play. Laughter plays a major factor in allowing an audience to deal with such extreme scenarios.

Tickets starts at $22. Bookings on 1300 306 776.

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