Some people might be put off by a play that run to 6.5 hours (even with 50 minutes of assorted intervals) but if so then they will miss a real theatrical treat. This is a beautiful, moving, engaging piece of theatre that simply rushes by and deserves its almost universal standing ovation.
Although the story centres on a group of young gay men and the history of the AIDS "plague", there is a piece of theatre here that will appeal to any audience. The acting is superbly strong, such huge parts for the leading characters but all carried off with a lightness of touch that draws you fully in to their individual histories. Although there are clear central characters the play is also an ensemble piece with plenty of doubling that is never confusing.
The set is very simply but incredibly effective and the I simply adored the lighting plot - subtle, supportive and amazingly effective. I love clever staging that supports a production without overwhelming it.
A stunning day of theatre - try to see both parts in one day as you wont want to wait to see what happens! Don't get caught out though, the matinee starts earlier than most for fairly obvious reasons.
Oh, and take tissues, you will cry ...