Symbol of a nightmare societyBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6920.67 (Published 01 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:67
- R Porter
Royal National Theatre Angels in America: “Millennium Approaches” In repertoire
In her book AIDS as Metaphor the New York critic Susan Sontag deplores the habit of endowing disease with all manner of symbolic qualities: Medicine and moralising must not be mixed. Tony Kushner's play might almost have been written in direct defiance of her dictum. For it is a wrenching dramatisation of a generation of America shaken to its core by the experience of AIDS: explicit suffering and waste, the anguish and anger that AIDS has generated, and its tragic tendencies to betrayal and blight.
“Millennium Approaches” focuses on a gay couple, Louis and Prior, whose relationship breaks up when Prior develops the first signs of Kaposi's …