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And how could one even begin to disagree with the message of “The Normal Heart.” Larry Kramer brings his 1985 off-Broadway play on the HIV/AIDS crisis to the screen, reviving a period in American history where the great unknown mercilessly tore through the gay community, trigging panic and isolation while the powers that be refused to participate in the fight. It’s a story of courage, anger, and confusion, sold with blistering honesty, realism, and liberal helpings of theatricality, with extensive monologues exploring the bitter feelings of social and medical quarantine as the particulars of the disease were being researched. “The Normal Heart” absolutely retains its significance, it’s the execution from director Ryan Murphy that’s worthy of dismissal, allowing a heavy-handedness to drive the provocative material into frustrating repetition. Read the rest at


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