U acting students occupy dynamic roles in the final performances of ‘Angels’

Tonight, Babcock Theatre continues the showing of Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America, Millennium Approaches,” directed by U faculty member Larry West, at the Babcock Theatre. Led by the magnificent and moving efforts of lead actors Cheryl Nichols, Josh Pierson and Eric McGraw, the show proves to be genuinely engaging.

In what he said proved his most difficult role to date, actor Benjamin Brinton, a junior in the Actor Training Program at the U, plays Louis Ironson, a gay man struggling to handle the death of his partner, Pryor Walter, played by Eric McGraw. Brinton fills his role with a dull enthusiasm and an obvious distance, which adds a dynamic, if not somewhat detached, air to his character.

Nichols wonderfully portrays the emotionally nebulous role of Harper Pitt, spouse to Joe Pitt, a self-depreciating, in-the-closet homosexual and burgeoning attorney.As a Mormon housewife to Joe, Pitt is forced into irrationality and drug addiction as she deciphers the myth behind her sexual partner and husband.

Catch “Angels in America, Millennium Approaches,” beginning at 7 p.m. tonight in the Babcock Theatre. Tickets for the play are $13 general admission and $6.50 for students.

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“Angels in America Part One” Written by Tony Kushner Directed by Larry West March 2-6, & 9-12Wed. to Sat. evenings, 7:30 p.m. Sat. matinee, 2 p.m. (only second Saturday) and Sun. at 7 p.m.$13 general admission $6.50 students