The idea of seeing a play about AIDS might not, at first blush, seem like the most inviting experience. It's a heavy topic, and the potential for cloying melodrama is high. Since its first appearance on Broadway in 1993, Angels in America has not only given life and humanity to the burgeoning AIDS crisis of the mid-'80s and reminded American audiences that the crisis continues to this day but it has done so with enough humor and surrealism to make the moribund subject matter palatable. Anyone who saw the HBO production will well remember Emma Thompson's puckish guardian angel, who takes a certain delight in bedeviling her charge, and Al Pacino's intense corporate king, keeping his homosexual liaisons a deep, dark secret. Neither the subject matter nor the large acting shoes to be filled has deterred the relatively new Andrews Living Arts Studio (23 NW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale) from taking on Angels in America. The play returns to South Florida for the first time in more than a decade with a run from August 12 through September 4. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets cost $29.95 at the door or $24.95 if purchased in advance online or by phone, 800-838-3006. Visit andrewslivingarts.com, or call 954-530-1879.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 11. Continues through Sept. 4, 2011