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.
See it if Magnum opus unpacks the spiritual inheritance tax and the socio-political toll of gay repression and the AIDS stigma on today's gay culture.
Don't see it if The time-suck's worth it, but if pressed, Part One suffices. Narration.Simple staging.Mostly original cast. Not really like "Angels in USA."
See it if You appreciate good acting and staging about a difficult time in history for gay men.
Don't see it if You want a new view on the aids epidemic and it's results. It's an old story.
See it if Lopez's brilliant script performed by an uncanny ensemble cast which sits around a raised platform observing the narration and the drama.
Don't see it if you don't want to see gay men carrying on -- but that's just a small part. Only sex scene is performed in dance, clothed. A captivating play
Also Saw first preview of Part One,
See it if you enjoy intelligent, good stories with well developed characters. I didn't even like the characters but was mesmerized through it all.
Don't see it if you can't sit through long plays.
See it if a reworking of Forster's Howard's End to 21st century NYC in the gay community & how the history of the aids crisis informed their lives.
Don't see it if each part 3 1/2 hrs long and some scenes in part 1that slow things down & can be somewhat preachy. Part 2 better pacing & more involving.
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.
See it if You are interested in the gay aids crisis, it’s effects on today’s gay community. Fabulous directing, good acting. Very moving.
Don't see it if explicit talk about gay sex bothers you. Part I almost four hours as is Part II. If only see one part, see part I.
See it if a two-part, 7-hour play about a gathering of gay men, their lives and arts, their losses and inheritance of baggage and joys appeals.
Don't see it if homophobic; uninterested in LGBTQ perspective, need elaborate set-design, and/or uncomfortable with some nudity and simulated sex/sex talk.
See it if You want to see a beautifully acted contemporary play about gay men. Cleverly constructed storyline that unfolds so poignantly.
Don't see it if You can’t sit for 3 and 1/2 hours. For me, the time flew by.
See it if you want to see some terrific ensemble acting, absorbing plot, intriguing (albeit not always sympathetic) characters in a well-told story.
Don't see it if you are offended by fleeting nudity, simulated (and well-choreographed sex scenes), much focus on being gay.
See it if you want GREAT writing/acting/staging in powerful, emotional, & sweeping play re: gay men's lives. Sumptuous theatrical banquet. GO SEE IT!
Don't see it if you can't do a 2-part, 7-hour MASTERPIECE. Investment of time (& money) - but absolutely worth it! By far, GREATEST PLAY OF LAST DECADE.
See it if you are interested in experiencing a contemporary play about gay men and the 21st century world they inhabit and the ripples felt by all.
Don't see it if you are a HOMOPHOBE, RACIST, or TRUMP SUPPORTER . This show will forever change your outlook on the world and there is NO turning back.
See it if you want to see a brilliant examination of life for gay men in the post-AIDS crisis world; you don't mind a story within a story construct
Don't see it if you want a tight, cohesive narrative. The show occasionally sprawls, gets a bit preachy at times, and is hella melodramatic. But the whole..
Also ...is much better than the sum of its parts.
See it if the effects of the aids crisis & abusive childhoods on gay men today, a great ensemble cast & an updated Howard's End theme interest you.
Don't see it if 7 hours of theater are too much for you, although it doesn't seem that long
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.
See it if you love Lois Smith, brilliant acting all around, challenging character development and some real surprises and plot twists in Part 2
Don't see it if the reality of lost lives will break your heart and listening to Lois Smith come to terms with being the wrong kind of mother will hurt
See it if from the moment this play starts you will be glued to your seat. It is fully a wow. You will have all the feels. Don't miss it.
Don't see it if everything about this show is clever and good-the writing-the acting-the staging--the complexity-the mysticism-the stoicism. It's brilliant.
See it if you want to see one of the most absorbing/important plays to be on Broadway in a LONG time. The 7.5 hours fly by. Superb acting all around!
Don't see it if you cannot sit through a play that is 7.5 hours long and split into 2 parts. Also you need to have a liberal mindset to enjoy this play.
See it if epic tales of love, friendship and loss, especially among gays, is your idea of a great night at the theater.
Don't see it if you don't like gay stories or you demand that theater show instead of tell (it's a lot of talking about action).
See it if Storytelling & brilliance wrapped together to form a transformative theatrical experience that will be remembered forever. A must see play!
Don't see it if You want fantasy, singing & dancing. The play spokes about love, death & the real life Plague that New Yorkers experience in the 1980s. AIDS
See it if Possible the best piece of theater I've ever seen. Saw it in London last year and again tonight. Powerful, moving. Bring tissues
Don't see it if you don't want to commit to 7 hours in a theater, Don't like plays with gay characters
See it if extraordinary work of theater, a transposition of Howard's End. Lyrical, moving & elegantly staged. There is laughter mixed with the tears.
Don't see it if it's very sexually explicit. it's also VERY long, and you have to see both parts. The 2d half is less tightly written than the 1st. Some of