Ends Mar 01 | 3h 15m | Midtown W

The Inheritance

From 245 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.


Member Reviews (245)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging
87
Avg Score

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.

86
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

97
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.

73
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

94
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.

90
Must see, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see outstanding acting by talented young men, if you are interested in gay history and culture, if you want to see a unique show

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity and sexual discussion; the show is rather candid. It is also quite long, probably too long, but I was never bored

90
Emotional, Profound, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if great plays about community and connection to each other move. It will hit you like a ton of bricks. Brilliant cast and production

Don't see it if you don't like long plays, offended by gay men or need big spectacle This is pure great storytelling that doesn't need gimmicks to in thrall

95
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a human with a heart that wants to spend an incredibly rewarding 6 1/2 hours at the theatre. This play is extraordinary. Cast = A+++

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through 6 acts of gay history lessons told thru intimate relationships. You will cry & cry hard. Be emotionally ready.

89
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A roller coaster of emotions watching the lives of gay men as they live their loving, flawed, and relatable relationships over the decades.

Don't see it if You don't like soap operas, don't want to remember the AIDS era, are uncomfortable with gay sex, or don't like Howards End/ E M Forster.

Also It's really the fastest 6.5 hours as the pacing is perfect and the act... Read more Read less

72
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to know what all the buzz is about & have a # of hours (almost 7!) to invest. Don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater..

Don't see it if you have high standards for compelling dramatic theater... this is lighter than its length may imply.

Also Comparisons to Angels in America? Only in its subject matter (gay men,... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Great acting sustained throughout a dense script. Interesting framing device of telling the story through a novel in progress.

Don't see it if You prefer to follow one clear story arc.

Also This felt like a Netflix series rather than an end-to-end dramatic wor... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Resonant, Great staging, Perfect minimalism, Great acting

See it if want to see a portrait of young gays in our current society and their heritage from the past. Lots of compelling issues for gays & straights

Don't see it if can't accept frank descriptions of gay sex, brief nudity, or do not want to consider the probing questions about personal ID, love, and need

86
Cheesy, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You don’t mind to spend more than 6 hours for a play, the pace is so perfect it felt like time’s fleeting

Don't see it if You don’t like gay soap opera

Also Is it good? Yes.... Read more Read less

95
Sob-inducing, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want a deep dive. It's not all great, but its high points are some of the best bits of theater I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You've got an agenda. If you're looking for faults, you'll find them. If you're looking for dignity & redemption, they're there too.

100
Profound, Must see, Masterful, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You must see this play!

Don't see it if You must see this play! No excuses.

85
Intelligent, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing a serious drama (with some humor) about gay relationships today with overtones of the AIDS crisis.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment or musicals, if you are not interested in learning about gay culture.

Also I saw Part 1, so can't speak to part 2 - yet. The play is 3.5 hours lo... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Great acting, Profound, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to see a great play that tells the story of friendship, love, struggles, growth, and lost that gay men experienced.

Don't see it if You are troubled by nudity and/or gay themes.

98
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are a gay man who survived the plague or a millennial gay man who thinks he understands what it was like to survive the AIDS epidemic.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in seeing gay culture of a certain New York City demographic described and explored in graphic and unabashed detail.

Also For me this play was emotionally exhausting and almost too full ideas ... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Banal

See it if you listened to the reviews it received it London and believe the UK critics, I found it hard to sit through

Don't see it if you are expecting greatness, there's just nothing new and it sort of takes energy out of you and makes you feel drained

100
Entertaining, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to be understand the lives of gay men in nyc during the aids epidemic ...their pain, fear and sorrow. A serious play injected with

Don't see it if You are homophobic, insensitive to issues not your own or if you don’t want to cry

Also Enough humor to give you time to catch your breath. The most absorbing... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like a talky show. The dialogue is great, but not much action. Main character development is good, and it makes you feel.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that are long and talky. This is no Harry Potter. Gay theme bother you.

90
Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Beautiful dialog. Great staging. Very interesting.

Don't see it if Male nudity. Gay themes

65
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Banal, Ambitious

See it if if you want questions of how gay men should care for each other explored in a big, soapy drama of love and loss in the big city

Don't see it if you resent being jerked around emotionally & exhorted rather than moved to feel things, or if you know this play's source materials

Also You can respect the ambition of the author, you can appreciate the qua... Read more Read less

75
Overrated, Great acting, Entertaining, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You want to see great acting and great monologues. Its very entertaining and engaging but you'll leave theater thinking whats the point?

Don't see it if You have short attention span or dont like soap operas.

80
Relevant, Intense, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if See it if you were prepared for a wide range of emotions funny sad heart wrenching at times and relevant The second part is better

Don't see it if If you have problems with homosexuality


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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