The Normal Heart
Originally staged Off-Broadway in 1985, The Normal Heart is a largely autobiographical play by Larry Kramer. It focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Ned prefers loud public confrontations to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates and friends. A groundbreaking and intense look inside the fight as it was taking place, The Normal Heart is a stunning example of political theatre. Finally receiving its Broadway debut in 2011, the play won the Tony Award for best play. In her review in the New York Daily News, Liz Smith called the play, "An astounding drama . . . a damning indictment of a nation in the middle of an epidemic with its head in the sand. It will make your hair stand on end even as the tears spurt from your eyes." This production is recommended for mature audiences.
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