Tomorrow night, at nine, HBO will carry The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s play about the first years of the AIDS epidemic, from 1981 to 1984. It was originally produced in New York by Joseph Papp. Kramer’s play is about one of those times in the lives of men when there is a great struggle, and the stakes are as high as they ever get, when the conflicts that people faced in their own lives were reduced to elemental struggles of good and evil—or, even more primary, of life and death. The play is absorbing and exhausting.
I haven’t yet seen the production that will be carried by HBO tomorrow night, but the cast is great, and I recommend this. Please see it if you can.