Daniel Ellsberg was derided in 1971 by President Richard Nixon as a man who “gave aid and comfort to the enemy … putting himself above the President of the United States, above Congress, above our whole system of government” by revealing a secret Pentagon study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. His remarkable story arrives at the Red Vic this week in Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich’s Oscar-nominated documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.
Compared to Tony Kushner’s two-part, 7 hour long opus, “Angels in America”, “Tiny Kushner” – at 2 hours and 20 minutes, is tiny indeed. But not tiny enough.
Angels, a (true) work of staggering genius, is not one minute too long. The new evening of five one-acts (which opened on Wednesday at Berkeley Rep.) is about three acts too long.
For Kushner-philes, these new works offer yet five more glimpses into the mind and preoccupations of a still living genius. Period.