Already closed | 3h 15m | Midtown W

The Inheritance

From 471 member  reviews
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. More…

From the show:

It begins with a gathering of young, gay New Yorkers.

Each has a story aching to come out…

Profoundly touching and wickedly hilarious, Matthew Lopez’s highly-anticipated two-part play, THE INHERITANCE, asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations.

Brilliantly re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece “Howards End” to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.

This epic new play by Matthew Lopez marks the Broadway debut of a bold new voice in American theatre, directed by visionary two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Netflix’s The Crown). THE INHERITANCE is a life-affirming journey of tears and laughter, through conflicts and connections, heartbreak and hope. A new play, generations in the making.

3h 15m | Already closed | Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (471)


Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging
Avg Score

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.

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.

Also This was funny and sad and full of memories of lives lived and lost. A... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Sentimental, Raunchy, Cheesy, Melodramatic

See it if Surprisingly light entertainment, despite weighty themes. P1 is exposition for the more dramatic P2. Pleasurably cheesy; 7 hours fly by.

Don't see it if You don't like a lot of narration. Many simplistic characters. Copious explicit description of gay sex. Over-the-top sentimentality.

Overlong, Melodramatic, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if u have 7 hrs to devote to a group of gay men in their talky struggle to grapple with their roles & responsibilities in pre-to-post-AIDS NYC.

Don't see it if u'll be offended by (gratuitous) nudity; ur not interested in exploring gay (mostly white & privileged) history in the 20th/21st Centuries.

Also The Inheritance is at times amusing, at times tender & emotional, ofte... Read more Read less

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if It's Daldry's nuanced, liquid staging that shines brightest in Lopez's stylish, modernist revision of Forster's novel of class & morality

Don't see it if Like the novel, the engaging drama doesn't try to hide its white elitist privilege despite its many good acting turns & whip-smart dialogue

Riveting, Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want a fresh, realistic look at gay life based in current NYC with reflections on the consequences of the past-briliantly acted & staged

Don't see it if you don't care about people or do not like long plays.

Also The hours passed quickly. Great direction.

Masterful, Relevant, Epic, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you must see every Tony winner for Best Play, because there’s no way this isn’t winning. Beautifully written, funny, sad, and hopeful.

Don't see it if you have a hard time sitting through long shows. Between the two parts, this is well over 6 hours—though the time flies by.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Emotional

See it if brilliant acting/directing; reminder of the recent past & how much has changed and how much has not; tribute to friends we loved & lost.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span; covers so much ground focus sometimes gets muddled; uncomfortable w/gay topics, nudity and/or promiscuity

Also Terrific ensemble and exceptional acting by the leads. Important story... Read more Read less

Overrated, Breaks no new ground in focusing on the aids crisis, Overlong, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a 7 hour epic about the AIDS crisis. Part 1 is actually quite good and compelling. No need to see part 2 as it just rambles.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy long evenings in the theatre. Part 2 seems endless. Too much narration, needs more dramatization.

Also If you want to see it, go to part 1 only. It is a complete play and yo... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the lives of contemporary gay men in NYC and their debt to their predecessors or if you are a fan of E.M. Forster.

Don't see it if you expect a new "Angels in America," if you are offended by graphic description of gay sex or if you are not that interested in NY gay life

Also There is much to admire -- superb acting, skillful direction, clever r... Read more Read less

Howard's end = structure, Writing class setting = novel, Great staging, Humorous until it's not, Ambitious

See it if U can allow yourself 2 B moved, not judge playwright/characters, empathize with gaymen living thru/past A.I.D.S. crisis, 4 emotional content

Don't see it if structure or content gets in your way, compare it 2 AngelsInAmerica, need it 2 B "your" experience, gay sex or random nudity flips U out

Also All that I wanted it to be, admiring how the playwright "invented" a t... Read more Read less

Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want a show that will move you, teach you,inspire you&entertain you.All of the elements--acting,writing,directing,design--are perfect

Don't see it if you don't like serious theatre.This is Angels in America for this generation.It is absolutely marvelous.It does require a time committment.

Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Howard's End fashioned into a tale of post-AIDS gay life. I couldn't take my eyes of the stage. Almost a sequel to Angels in America.

Don't see it if This show is long. It's 3 hours and 20 minutes, and part 2 is a similar length. If you're not interested in gay life in NYC.

Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you are interested in stories about generations. If you like memories becoming alive. If generosity and caring move you.

Don't see it if If you dislike stories about gay relationships. If you do not enjoy pkaces which taje on a historic sense. .

Another well-off white gay men story

See it if Entertaining gay drama with the bells and whistles and tear jerker moments of gay men's experiences. Almost 7 hours go quickly.

Don't see it if Doesn't quite bring anything new to existing gay plays. Another gay story of and about well-off, attractive gay cis white men of NY.

Also Diversity: for a gay community story going into present times from a g... Read more Read less

Great acting, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if can overlook the soap opera aspects of this and focus on the substance. well acted and ambitious but this could be 3 hours in total

Don't see it if don't have the patience for 7 hours. half of the play can be excised. contemporary parts are cliched and soap opera

Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if A very powerful play intertwining aspects of "Howards End" with generational issues involving gay men.All of the performances are terrific

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the subject matter or offended by a scene of nudity. The 3+ hour parts,with intermissions,never drag.

Beautiful, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Engrossing

See it if you want to the see the show that is going to win this year's Tony for Best Play. Captivating performances and a great script.

Don't see it if you aren't up for the marathon or not interested in a gay themed play. However, despite the length, I was hooked from the start & time flew.

Also Don't let the fact that the show is centered around gay men keep you a... Read more Read less

So worth the investment of time & ticket(s), Important gay, political, historical themes, Two-parter & 6+ hours, Poignant, funny, gripping, & touching, Terrific writing, directing & acting

See it if Appreciate lively, evocative writing and fine directing and acting. Are interested in Gay history and themes.

Don't see it if Intolerant of open discussion of Gay themes and sexuality. Are impatient with exposition or story telling through monologue and dialogue.

Long, Intelligent, Indulgent, Epic, Exquisite

See it if You've ever read any Forster. This show got me started and I have no regrets. You like literary, smart plays set in present day NYC.

Don't see it if Look, it's 7 hours long, extremely NYC, uncommercial, artsy, gay, based on a novel from 1910 with 4th wall breaking third person narration.

Also I can't believe this got produced on Broadway, but I'm very glad it di... Read more Read less

Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent

See it if Just see it! Brilliant in every way ...

Don't see it if No reason to be reading this box!

Meta, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious, Moments of brilliance

See it if it's a remarkable if flawed piece of theater. Very ambitious, covers a lot of ground. Great acting and writing. Interesting staging.

Don't see it if at over 6 hours, it's a commitment. If you don't like shows that are too self referential--sometimes heavy handed framing device.

Also I saw part 2 about 3 weeks after seeing part 1--I'd recommend not wait... Read more Read less

Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You want to be entertained, challenged, and absorbed in a lot of hours of theater—it’s long but worth it.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see gay themed entertainment, nudity, topics of acceptance and theater, or just want a big happy musical.

Epic, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You know what? It is over 6 hours long and part 1 does have more humor than part 2, although it makes sense to see it as a unit, but, the

Don't see it if Acting is superb! The stage is minimal, although I like the trickery of which the created scenes and ambiance with what little they had. If

Also You’re LGBTQ+ of any age, gender, race, or background or even an ally,... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Great writing , acting and staging although the sets , action, and costumes are minimal the message is powerfully satisfying

Don't see it if You want a quick easy Broadway elaborate style production , with a frivolous story.

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