Ends Mar 01 | 3h 15m | Midtown W

The Inheritance

From 289 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 (289)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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

82
Romantic, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in modern gay culture and its connections to prior generations.

Don't see it if you don't have 7.5 hours to spend in the theater.

Also I thought the cast and direction were incredible. Part 1 I liked a lot... Read more Read less

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

97
Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You appreciate good theater: great acting, great (simple) staging, and a contemporary topic.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical!

Also I saw Part 1 only. While the final scene in Part 1 is a bit overdrawn ... 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.

78
Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you have six hours, like Howard's End and care about a bunch of privileged characters. The acting and the staging exceeded the material

Don't see it if If you are expecting another Angels in America.

90
Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You wanna see a creative approach to gay life that stirs the soul.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of gay life portrayed on stage.

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

85
Raunchy, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of E.M. Forster and gay (male) culture generally. It examines society's attitudes toward gay men, and their views of themselv

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with lots of graphic description of gay sex acts. Maybe not the best show to see with grandma.

96
Epic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you love great writing,and acting.

Don't see it if If you dont like serious theatre.

Also Do not miss it! Bring tissues. Despite the fact that this is a sad pla... Read more Read less

100
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Exquisite

See it if you are ready to see new perspectives.

Don't see it if You have to pee a lot! 3+ hours!

90
Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you like great writings and dialogue, solid acting and directing....like plays that are thought provoking and stay with u

Don't see it if you have no interest in gay history / subject mater, dislike sparse sets or, finally, dislike thinking too much, are restless or have ADD

70
Cliched, Overrated, Ambitious, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to meet an important voice in american drama

Don't see it if you are expecting a revelatory experience - the british press has built up unfair expectations of this overextended story

Also the writing veers from insightful to maudlin, from intellectually enga... Read more Read less

100
Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Truly moving, amazing, thoughtful, funny, and heart-wrenching characters and stories. Terrific acting all around. Loved the staging too!

Don't see it if You have no heart. You're expecting traditional Howard's End story.

Also Words cannot express how I felt after Part 1 and my emotions were cut ... Read more Read less

100
Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You live theatre and great acting and beautiful people and lovely performance and amazing direction with an emotional and overwhelming sense

Don't see it if Have to see it

100
Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you want to cry happy and sad tears for 7 hours.

Don't see it if If you don't see it, you're missing out on theatre history.

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Youre gay. Know somebody gay. Or simply support the LGBTQ+ community.

Don't see it if You're homophobic

65
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

90
Slow, Profound, Intense, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy intense discussions about LGBTQ relationships and especially from the perspective of age and class (mainly gay men).

Don't see it if You aren’t able to sit through a three hour show. The discussions are incredible but they go on for a long time and it’s easy to lose focus.

97
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You would be drawn to a fascinating, funny and moving story of gay life in America with 3 generations of unforgettable characters.

Don't see it if Aren’t willing to commit to 2shows that are each 3+ hours long.

100
Absorbing, Must see, Resonant, Masterful

See it if You’re human and alive. It’s a wonderful synopsis of gay life in the last 50 years.

Don't see it if You’re homophobic.

25
Funny, Raunchy, Indulgent, Dated, Cliched

See it if You can’t see something else

Don't see it if You can see something else

99
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an intelligent, thought provoking show, beautifully directed and crafted. Very important piece of theatre.

Don't see it if If you can't sit still for long (it's 2 parts)

100
Great writing, Must see, Masterful

See it if No if. Just see it.

Don't see it if Don't is not an option. See it.

During previews
90
Outstanding, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if A mash of a great book's story & educational lectures. The book part is riveting, relatable and very moving. Flows well/time passes fast.

Don't see it if Part 1 is sometimes uneven in pace. Sometimes preaching instead of engaging the audience's mind in thoughtful questioning. Part 2 is perfect

Also The play for its length really flows and the writing is easy and natur... Read more Read less


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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