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
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.
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. Read more
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.
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. Read more
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
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.
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 Read more
"‘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."
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."
"Tragedy Plus Comedy Plus Melodrama in 'The Inheritance'"
"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."
Grade: B+ "'The Inheritance' is a funny, tender marathon drama"
"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."
"Show, Tell and Repeat: Matthew Lopez has written a play that feels more like a novel"
"When Home Is Where So Very Many Hearts Were"