TV Review; a[euro]Angels in America:a[euro][TM] an Unusual TV Happening

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TV Review; a[euro]Angels in America:a[euro][TM] an Unusual TV Happening


Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ

More than half of the content of largea"scale HBO series "Angels in America" is lavishly spent on unearthly sequences or events that leave viewers tiptoeing between fantasy and reality. However, "Angels in America" gets away with all of it.

Based from a theatrical piece of the same title by Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, "Angels in America" delves, dives and deludes an socioa"relevant epic series about characters caught in a web of dilemmas emanating from Aids-related conflicts in the 1980s. At the core of the story is homosexual couple Prior Walter (Justin Kirk) and Louis Ironson (Ben Shenkman) whose relationship is shaken and shattered when Prior admits he has AIDS. What seemed to be a story of bumping into uncertain relationship twists soon branches out to such surreal fashion when an angel (Emma Thompson) descends from heaven at the most trying times in Prioras life to announce that he is a prophet.

Completing the cast of confused and dysfunctional characters are lawyer Joe Pitt (Patrick Wilson) and his hallucinating wife Harper (Mary Louise Parker); Joeas scheming lawyer boss Roy Cohn (Al Pacino); Joeas mother Hannah (Meryl Streep); and drag queen Belize (Jeffrey Wright).

Right on target, "Angels in America" premieres in the country on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. and continues the following day, Dec. 2, with a threea"episode marathon per night. Airing the series at perfect timing and a powerhouse cast ensemble led by Al Pacino and Meryl Streep is just tipa"ofa"thea"iceberg achievement for HBO, "Angels in America" has won 11 Emmy awards and five Golden Globe trophies.

Pacinoas role is reminiscent of his performance in "Devilas Advocate" as the devious firm head who turns out to be the Devil himself. …

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