Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner (recommended by Zachary, spouse)
Tony Kushner’s two-part, multiple-award-winning epic is one of the greatest American plays ever written. The first part, Millennium Approaches, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and both this part and the second, Perestroika, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1993 and 1994. Set in New York in the late 1980s, the play is a complex and heavily theatrical examination of the American AIDS crisis at the time. Touching on various themes including politics, religion, and sexuality, Angels in America not only shows what is like to have been a New Yorker in the 1980s, but truly examines American-ness.