Tuesday, August 20 th, 2019 at 00:08 am 



The story of a city in denial, THE NORMAL HEART unfolds like a real-life political thriller—as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching, and totally unforgettable look at the sexual politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theatre’s most powerful evenings ever.


The Normal Heart — this is the third time I’ve seen the Normal Heart since it was written by Larry Kramer thirty years ago; When originally produced, the diatribe about the AIDS epidemic and the callousness of the government and the medical community in terms of dealing with something that was effecting this many people was shocking and revolutionary. And his notion was that it’s because it effected gay men, so that everybody was willing to ignore it, since the government spent $20M on Tylenol, which killed seven people, and that AIDS killed huge numbers of people, worldwide, and some presidents wouldn’t even mention it, and nobody really does anything. He’s an angry, angry guy, as you can expect. He is co-founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and founder of Act Up. Its shocking about how timely it is not even though the play takes place in the late ’70s and early ’80s. This is a terrific cast, it’s headed by Ellen Barkin and Joe Montagna, John Benjamin Hickey, Patrick Breen , Mark Harelik. A lot of the names may be unfamiliar, but the faces won’t be. This is a really terrific production and, regardless of where you stand on gay marriage or gay rights or anything else, this is terrific theatre at its best. Four and a half stars.