The Normal Heart Summary

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Essays & Analysis (10)

1,332 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following conversation between Kramer and the Times critic Sheridan Morley, the playwright discusses the genesis and development of The Normal Heart. Early last year two very different AIDS mem... Read more
4,910 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following excerpt, Leavy explores thematic parallels between The Normal Heart and Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. An Enemy of the People belongs to the literature of civil disobed... Read more
3,808 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Shatzky contrasts the polemical approach to the AIDS crisis in The Normal Heart to the highly personal focus of As Is, an AIDS play by William Hoffman. When William Hoffman�... Read more
1,039 words, approx. 4 pages
The Normal Heart debuted 21 April 1985 in a production by Joe Papp at the Public Theater in New York. In the following assessment of that production, Rich observes that, despite the play's thea... Read more
274 words, approx. 1 pages
In the following, Beaufort judges The Normal Heart propagandistic and censures Kramer's "sweeping (and sometimes questionable) generalizations. " Like As Is, an Off Broadway produ... Read more
706 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following evaluation, Simon argues that The Normal Heart transcends its polemical tone to become "a fleshed-out, generously dramatized struggle, in which warring ideologies do not fail t... Read more
780 words, approx. 3 pages
In this review, Berman finds The Normal Heart an amateurish play, but concedes that it is "a rare instance of an atrocious political play that succeeds in clobbering home its point." You... Read more
783 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following, Kroll emphasizes the universality of The Normal Heart. "Like the best social playwrights, " he states, "Kramer produces not a series of debates but a cross fire ... Read more
998 words, approx. 4 pages
In the review below, Weales notes several "aesthetic weaknesses" in The Normal Heart and observes that the play is "as much agitprop and accusation as it is personal drama. ... Read more
3,546 words, approx. 12 pages
In the essay below, Gross compares The Normal Heart to two other AIDS plays: William Hoffman's As Is and Harvey Fierstein's Safe Sex. All three works are "history plays, " ... Read more