(K. Brent Tomer),
THE man at the heart of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” is not content with mere pathological lying. Whenever reality conflicts with his aims, he rejects the very notion of truth: as he tells his doctor after an unwelcome diagnosis, “Your problem, Henry, is that you are hung up on words, on labels, that you believe they mean what they seem to mean.” He is thin-skinned, and obsessed with loyalty, power and public displays of dominance. “I have clout,” he proclaims. “A lot.” His response whenever anyone questions his ostentatiously false claims is a threat to “destroy” his interlocutor. He has no regard for legal niceties or social conventions, and holds grudges long after their expiration dates.
If that sounds familiar, it is no coincidence. Although Mr Kushner’s subject is not Donald Trump, it is a fictionalised version of the president’s longtime lawyer and mentor, Roy Cohn. Cohn made his name as the right-hand man of…Continue reading