Kushner’s Guide: Delayed Fantasia on National Themes

2010 was looking like a big year for Tony Kushner–the Signature Theatre Company will be staging New York’s first revival of Angels in America, his many-hour two-part “Gay Fantasia on National Themes.”

Kushner was also supposed to bring a new play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, to Broadway in the spring. But that’s being postponed, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The play debuted in Minnesota to mixed reviews, and the revision process “will be more far-reaching than originally anticipated.”

The delay is of an undefined nature, ensuring that the playwright “wouldn’t face another deadline like he had in Minneapolis.”

Kushner would perhaps do well to remember the overdue term paper principle: an extension only feels good for the first few hours, then you realize that the stakes have been irrevocably raised, and no matter what you do you will never be able to produce something commensurate with these new expectations, and you have only prolonged your misery and you are screwed.