The Inheritance
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The Inheritance NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(473 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging

About the Show

Re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece “Howards End” to 21st-century New York, this epic two-part play follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own.

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75
Raunchy, Engaging, Heavily narrated, Rambling, Epic soap opera

See it if you'd like a sprawling, unfocused play abt current gay life. Captivating, but too lg for pay-off. Quirky staging (bare feet) Rushed ending.

Don't see it if you want a consistent experience. Writing quality varies wildly. Plot holes. Uneven acting. Gimmicky narration. Melodrama. Some gr moments.

98
Must see, Resonant, Riveting, Profound, Great writing

See it if You want to experience an emotional journey, an amazingly true to life recollection of the AIDS plague years and the impact on gay life.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this powerful play. It’s long. It’s draining. It’s worth every minute of it. Read more

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
November 17th, 2019

"‘The Inheritance’ Review: So Many Men, So Much Time:Breadth doesn’t always equal depth in Matthew Lopez’s supersize, vividly painted portrait of gay life in the 21st century, featuring E.M. Forster as a spirit guide."
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Time Out New York
November 17th, 2019

4/5 Stars "Rarely transmitted by the families of LGBT people themselves-many of the men in this play have childhoods marked by trauma-gay culture is a chain of links to the past. The AIDS epidemic severed many of those links; 'The Inheritance' aims to reforge them."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 17th, 2019

"Tragedy Plus Comedy Plus Melodrama in 'The Inheritance'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 17th, 2019

"Stephen Daldry directs Matthew Lopez's two-part drama about gay New Yorkers, which draws inspiration from 'Howards End' to depict the generation after the AIDS crisis."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 17th, 2019

Grade: B+ "'The Inheritance' is a funny, tender marathon drama"
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Variety
November 17th, 2019

"Matthew Lopez’s epic, two-part drama looks back to the AIDS crisis and forward to the wisdom that one generation passes to the next."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 21st, 2019

"Show, Tell and Repeat: Matthew Lopez has written a play that feels more like a novel"
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Deadline
November 17th, 2019

"When Home Is Where So Very Many Hearts Were"
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The Washington Post
November 17th, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ is epic in length, but not always in satisfaction"
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Los Angeles Times
November 17th, 2019

"Yes, ‘The Inheritance’ on Broadway will have you sobbing. But the play aims for more"
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New York Post
November 17th, 2019

"‘The Inheritance’ is a touching call to action on Broadway"
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New York Daily News
November 17th, 2019

"Epic 7-hour play ‘The Inheritance' is richly-layered, moving AIDS drama"
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AM New York
November 17th, 2019

"‘The Inheritance’ one of the most powerful gay dramas ever on Broadway"
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NY1
November 17th, 2019

"'The Inheritance' speaks to us on so many levels - politically, intellectually, and emotionally. If it rambles, it is an echo of our messy lives but it so clearly addresses the rootlessness that plagued the gay community for years."
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Theatermania
November 17th, 2019

"'The Inheritance' on Broadway Appraises the Legacy of Gay Life in America: Matthew Lopez's stunning new play comes home to New York after an award-winning run in London."
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BroadwayWorld
November 18th, 2019

"In Matthew Lopez's Exhilarating 'THE INHERITANCE' Gay Men Strive For Generational Connection"
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Lighting & Sound America
December 2nd, 2019

"'The Inheritance' has a depth and breadth not previously seen in Lopez's very fine earlier work. Despite a few instances of contrivance and a certain difficulty in wrapping up the narrative…the playwright has made extraordinary use of 'Howard's End,' folding it into a modern context and adapting it to his needs."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 17th, 2019

"Lopez has written some fine plays, but nothing in his past work heralded an achievement like 'The Inheritance,' nor the occasional awkwardness and polemical excess it displays."
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New York Stage Review
November 17th, 2019

5/5 Stars: "Matthew Lopez's epic look at gay life in America, inspired by Forster's novel 'Howards End,' is a worthy successor to 'Angels in America.'"
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New York Stage Review
November 17th, 2019

4/5 Stars "This vivid, highly ambitious work by Matthew Lopez is an entertaining, if overlong, study in cultural change and the power of human compassion."
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Theater News Online
November 17th, 2019

"Matthew Lopez's six-hour drama takes a smart and moving look at who we are, where we've been and where we're going."
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Theater News Online
November 17th, 2019

"Matthew Lopez’s miraculous play tells the story of AIDS in New York in the 80s in an elegiac and expansive way."
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Broadway News
November 17th, 2019

"Generations of love, loss and wisdom gained in ‘The Inheritance’"
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TheaterScene.net
December 24th, 2019

"The result is this epic and extraordinary two-part play… Engrossing, involving and extremely moving, The Inheritance also asks the question what is the responsibility that one generation owes to another."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 25th, 2019

"It's…melodramatically intense, angrily argumentative, unduly vulgar, egregiously overlong, and, while sprayed with strong laugh lines, emotionally overwrought…'The Inheritance,' for many, will be [a]…powerful, life-affirming work of art. For others…, it will be less than the sum of its parts."
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CurtainUp
November 17th, 2019

"This award-winning production of a new American play arrives from London ’s West End with a top-notch..."
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Front Row Center
December 3rd, 2019

Score: 80% "In this play there is one moment where the great loss from the plague of AIDS is handed to us like a baby in swaddling clothes. Before we know it we have wrapped our arms around the now visible wound that we thought we had left behind."
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Front Mezz Junkies
December 8th, 2019

"'The Inheritance' truly surprises us, moment to moment, with its tender power and strong parallel story-telling. It slides in almost unsuspecting, finding a way to deliver a heart breaking truth and an emotional reality that sends me, almost, over the edge. "
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New York Theater
November 21st, 2019

"Sweeping and intimate, sophisticated and raw, a weepy that is often funny. Several performances are transporting…There are swoops into intellectual brilliance...dips into nudity and raunch. There is insight and debate and uplift. Does it have to be nearly seven hours? No."
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C
November 18th, 2019

"Its social message aside, Lopez's riveting two-part examination of how America's gay men do - and sadly, don't - learn lessons from previous generations (as well as each other) is a feat of unexpected theatrical daring, passion and beauty."
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4Columns
November 22nd, 2019

"The Inheritance is three stacked genres-literary homage, AIDS melodrama, and relationship play-but its metafictional layer-cake gambit is not matched by the moral intelligence or prose pyrotechnics required to pull it off."
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