Ends Mar 01 | 3h 15m | Midtown W

The Inheritance

From 281 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 (281)


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

Breaks no new gound, Too many monologues, Low artistic value, Tortuously long, Overstuffed

See it if Stuffed every LGBT issue. Messy, overly sentimental. Should be trimmed to within 3 hrs instead of 6+ hrs. Nothing really new or insightful

Don't see it if Other than a few characters mirror each other, there is little artistic value. Too many monologue/narration over acting. Boring stereotypes

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

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

Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if (Part 1) You like me are a gay theater completest.

Don't see it if It was like some original college production. The writing seemed intent on violating every rule of playwrighting, and not in a good way.

Also I'm gay and have a lot of theater experience. Most of the audience pro... Read more Read less

During previews
Too too too loooong, Cliched, Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want a gay soap opera mixed with long soliloquies delivered by terrific cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for the next Angels in America and get an overacted soap opera that was loved in London but is banal here.

Also Why this show won such accolades in London is beyond me.

During previews
Way too long, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You like melodrama with little depth and you can overlook some bad acting and writing.

Don't see it if You want to see a well written play that has more than one or fully realized two characters.

During previews
Melodramatic, Indulgent, Disappointing, Bloated, Ambitious

See it if you're going to be seduced by the rave reviews it received it London. I suppose there will be no stopping you then. (I found it overrated.)

Don't see it if you want something as profound, easily digestible & brilliant as Angels in America or Normal Heart. This felt like an indulgent soap opera.

Also I really, really, really wanted to love this. There's a decent show in... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Overrated, Great acting

See it if You like gay plays and aids plays and plays where privileged people complain about their lives. Or it’s a free ticket

Don't see it if You have had enough of gay plays about hiv. I don’t see what this had to offer that was new at all. I’d see part two if it was free.

During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a play about younger generation of gay men learning about how things were back in the 80's

Don't see it if you were expecting an ANGELS IN AMERICA masterpiece. It falls far short.

Also It is not awful and there are some interesting moments but the whole s... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if If you're into gay rights and dont mind sitting through an over-long show of 3 1/2 hours. Or if you like to care about the characters

Don't see it if If you liked Angels in America. It's far superior. Don't' like long-winded diatribes about gay rights.

During previews
Way way way too long, Manipulates the audience with knee-jerk emotional triggers, Repeatedly jumps the shark, Melodramatic, Paul hilton as e.m. forster is the real reason to see this play

See it if enjoyed the Crystal & Alexis fights on Dynasty. There are several in this vastly overrated gay soap opera. K Soller & P Hilton come off best

Don't see it if are expecting greatness. The "what story should I write" framework saps any dramatic urgency, since plot developments are all "up for grabs"

Also I'm no prude, but I really don't understand the need for such vivid an... Read more Read less

During previews
Committed cast, Mechanical dialogue, Aimless, Feigned

See it if you are open to a rising playwright or are a fan of E.M. Forster & Howards End.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see the next "must-see" hot property. If so, then you've set yourself up to be disappointed.

Also A capable cast makes an honest attempt to deliver this story --- but t... Read more Read less

During previews
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy generic gay soap operas with nothing new to say, yet come with magnificent trimmings that purposefully manipulate your emotions.

Don't see it if You thought all those London accolades were a preamble to the next ANGELS IN AMERICA. This is a minor work, containing a few major moments.

Also Part One. I did not have the religious experience promised me. However... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Overrated, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy feeling strong feelings, even if the invocation of said feelings is a bit cheap

Don't see it if you are annoyed by emotional manipulation.

Also There are definitely positive elements to this production, but I had a... Read more Read less

During previews
Indulgent, Great acting, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You never saw angels in America and you like 3plus hour shows

Don't see it if You want a more traditional play that you will love by seeing one production in under 3 hrs and you didn’t enjoy angels in America

During previews
Great acting, Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you appreciate talented actors or want to see the next hot thing so you can say you saw it when.

Don't see it if you don't like overlong, drawn out, gratuitous plays that feel more like a soap opera than theater.

During previews
Overrated, Fluffy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to be on the scene or see what all the fuss is about.

Don't see it if you liked "Normal Heart" or "Angels" or any of the other wonderful gay American dramas. So disappointed.

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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