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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging
88
Avg Score

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Epic, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

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."

Also Title refers not only to the endowment, but also to the legacy left be... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great acting, Intense, Way to long, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if Very moving play, with terrific acting about gay men's live. Its about friendship, loves and loss.

Don't see it if If you have a problem sit long or gay stories.

Also I did the whole day Saturday, Part I and II. Part I - very touch my he... Read more Read less

During previews
75
A poignant play (both parts) about the aids epidemic and how it affected gay men's lives. but, we have seen this story before.

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.

During previews
95
Brilliant, theatrical bridging of the generations of gay men

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,

During previews
84
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also I saw part 2 before part 1 thinking I would only see one of the parts ... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Masterful, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Clever

See it if You enjoy well written pieces with great actors and a gay theme. A Boys in The Band for the modern age.

Don't see it if You prefer straight oriented plays

During previews
89
Epic, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

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.

Also Inventive staging.Wonderful acting by all, especially Hilton & Soler i... Read more Read less

During previews
65
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
79
Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious

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.

Also First half of Part II slow and almost irrelevant to overall story. Las... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Emotionally-investing, Tragicomedy with soul, Entrancing story-telling, Masterful & ambitious, Moving

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.

Also An homage to literature as a source of empathy, passion, and inspirati... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Relevant, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also Standouts included Paul Hilton and Kyle Soller but all the actors were... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Epic, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

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.

Also I understand the lavish praise for this production (in London). It's a... Read more Read less

During previews
99
Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

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.

Also Not hyperbole to say that ANY THEATER LOVER *MUST SEE* THIS PLAY. Expe... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also OMG! I've lived in NYC for the past 31 years and am a avid theatergoer... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Long, Relevant, Must see, Epic, Absorbing

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.

During previews
97
Resonant, Riveting, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you have a heart.

Don't see it if you have trouble sitting for that long.

During previews
87
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing

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

During previews
57
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
98
Part 2 surprisingly rewarding and equally brilliant

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

During previews
98
Masterful, Riveting, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

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.

Also Although I laughed, as well as wept, at the end of the show I had to g... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

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.

During previews
98
Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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).

During previews
99
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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

During previews
97
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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

During previews
90
Resonant, Raunchy, Epic, Great staging, Absorbing

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

Also the characters are less well drawn than others, and the plot can lean ... 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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