CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Some gay theater news to start you off:

Sometimes, just when you need it most, a play courses into your system like a transfusion of new blood. You feel freshly awakened to the infinite possibilities not only of theater but also of the teeming world beyond. And when you hit the streets afterward, every one of your senses is singing.

Such is the effect of seeing the flat-out fabulous revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” which opened on Sunday night at the Neil Simon Theater, with a top-flight cast led by Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane in career-high performances. This is the 25th anniversary production of Mr. Kushner’s two-part, seven-and-a-half-hour multi-award-winning masterwork about death and destruction in Ronald Reagan’s America.

Does that last sentence make your eyes glaze with the weighty worthiness of it all? Since it was first staged on Broadway in 1993, “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” (to use its full, colon-toting title) has acquired the marbleized patina of something stately and grand, a work to be approached with reverence and a dictionary.