The Inheritance - Previews

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The Inheritance - Previews#1
Posted: 9/24/19 at 11:35am

Super excited for the previews starting this Friday - want to hear everyone's thoughts!

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The Inheritance - Previews#2
Posted: 9/24/19 at 2:29pm

I am very excited too. Does anyone have even a guess as to when a new block of tickets will go on sale ?

It is my top priority for my May 2020 trip and I can't get my other tickets til I confirm a date for it.Possibly seeing at least 12 shows!

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The Inheritance - Previews#3
Posted: 9/24/19 at 4:58pm

Seeing it in November- really excited to hear what people think.

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The Inheritance - Previews#4
Posted: 9/24/19 at 5:22pm
I have tickets for Saturday night, I will try and report back. :)
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The Inheritance - Previews#5
Posted: 9/24/19 at 5:53pm
I wouldn’t bank on this not being a lengthy run unless word of mouth is crazy. I got my tickets last week for late October and almost the entire mezzanine was still available for both parts. Granted, that was only one set of tickets and the show hasn’t started previews yet, but I think it’s going to be an incredibly tough sell to get audiences to buy two tickets to a show that is not already a known entity or part of a multi-million-dollar franchise. Regardless of the praise it received.
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The Inheritance - Previews#6
Posted: 9/24/19 at 7:22pm

ColorTheHours048 said: "I wouldn’t bank on this not being a lengthy run unless word of mouth is crazy. I got my tickets last week for late October and almost the entire mezzanine was still available for both parts. Granted, that was only one set of tickets and the show hasn’t started previews yet, but I think it’s going to be an incredibly tough sell to get audiences to buy two tickets to a show that is not already a known entity or part of a multi-million-dollar franchise. Regardless of the praise it received."

I am holding out for rush or lottery for this reason. I looked at tickets for this weekend and a weekend in Nov when I'll also be in town and it looks like its barely 25% sold. A majority of the seat are showing as available. 

 

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The Inheritance - Previews#7
Posted: 9/24/19 at 7:22pm

ColorTheHours048 said: "I wouldn’t bank on this not being a lengthy run unless word of mouth is crazy. I got my tickets last week for late October and almost the entire mezzanine was still available for both parts. Granted, that was only one set of tickets and the show hasn’t started previews yet, but I think it’s going to be an incredibly tough sell to get audiences to buy two tickets to a show that is not already a known entity or part of a multi-million-dollar franchise. Regardless of the praise it received."

I am holding out for rush or lottery for this reason. I looked at tickets for this weekend and a weekend in Nov when I'll also be in town and it looks like its barely 25% sold. A majority of the seat are showing as available. 

 

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The Inheritance - Previews#8
Posted: 9/24/19 at 7:24pm

My biggest issue is the fact that they are offering an unequal balance of performances of Part I and II. If you look at the calendar, after the Part II performances start, the regular schedule shows a balance of 5 to 3. 

Why would they not just do a 4/4 balance and do like Harry Potter or Angels in America? What purpose does it serve to restrict the amount of people who see Part II?

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The Inheritance - Previews#9
Posted: 9/24/19 at 7:48pm
The date I was looking at is the first 2 show day of both parts and the cheapest price point seats were very limited. I'm still hoping for rush too even though I already bought my tickets. I recently read this play and it truly is a masterpiece. I can't wait to see it and I hope it gets its recognition.
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The Inheritance - Previews#10
Posted: 9/24/19 at 8:08pm

quizking101 said: "My biggest issue is the fact that they are offering an unequal balance of performances of Part I and II. If you look at the calendar, after the Part II performances start, the regular schedule shows a balance of 5 to 3.

Why would they not just do a 4/4 balance and do like Harry Potter or Angels in America? What purpose does it serve to restrict the amount of people who see Part II?
"

Thank you, totally agree. I am not able to see Part 1 before Part 2 due to my schedule, it sucks. 

 

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The Inheritance - Previews#11
Posted: 9/24/19 at 8:33pm

They are going heavy on Part 1 because that sold much more in London. A lot of people feel perfectly satisfied and like they've seen the play by just seeing Part 1. You can think that's crazy, but it is what it is. 

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The Inheritance - Previews#12
Posted: 9/24/19 at 9:07pm

nasty_khakis said: "They are going heavy on Part 1 because that sold much more in London. A lot of people feel perfectly satisfied and like they've seen the play by just seeing Part 1. You can think that's crazy, but it is what it is."

Bingo. It will give more people the opportunity to at least only experience Part I rather than only have the option of pairing (as how AIA and HP encourage and/or require) which makes it more difficult to plan, especially for out-of-towners here for a limited time or people just in town for the day. 

Also, if you’re a local, I’m not sure how you would not be able to see Part I before Part II considering the first week or so is ONLY Part I and then they go right into the two part schedule. Even if you see Part II months from now (again, something you’re easily able to do for The Inheritance which is urged against for HP, or at least it was at one point) there are still plenty of opportunities to see Part I before you see Part II. 

At least Part I had both matinee and evening offerings; I’d have thought Part II would be more difficult to see be it that they only have evening offerings and lesser performances. I understand the overall frustration but as nasty_khakis said, it is what it is. 

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The Inheritance - Previews#13
Posted: 9/24/19 at 9:21pm

GreasedLightning said: "At least Part I had both matinee and evening offerings; I’d have thought Part II would be more difficult to see be it that they only have evening offerings and lesser performances. I understand the overall frustration but as nasty_khakis said, it is what it is."

I actually overheard a few people at the box office in the West End express frustration to the box office staff there were no matinees of Part 2 so they wouldn't get to see it.

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The Inheritance - Previews#14
Posted: 9/24/19 at 9:33pm

nasty_khakis said: "GreasedLightning said: "At least Part I had both matinee and evening offerings; I’d have thought Part II would be more difficult to see be it that they only have evening offerings and lesser performances. I understand the overall frustration but as nasty_khakis said, it is what it is."

I actually overheard a few people at the box office in the West End express frustration to the box office staff there were no matinees of Part 2 so they wouldn't get to see it.
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Interesting! Now that I think about it, I guess Harry Potter has never offered a Part II matinee, either... and the AIA revival last year alternated each part every Sunday matinee giving audiences a Part II matinee once every other week. 

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Posted: 9/24/19 at 11:10pm
Well, I hope it's been rewritten somewhat since it played at the Young Vic. It's audacious and has some beautiful moments but parts of it are downright bad, despite the unanimous critical praise in the UK. The direction however is so beautiful it tends to cover up a lot of the misteps. Supposedly Brantley saw this in London and did not love it but was persuaded to wait until it it was cleaned up and transferred to give it a chance.
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The Inheritance - Previews#16
Posted: 9/25/19 at 8:53am

I think the play needs good word of mouth especially in the straight community. The only friends I know who have bought tickets thus far are LGBT friends. I know some straight friends who are interested in watching it but only after it opens. If they're going to invest 8 hours of their life in a play, might as well see it after all the kinks/issues have been fixed.

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Posted: 9/25/19 at 11:07am

Owen22 said: "Well, I hope it's been rewritten somewhat since it played at the Young Vic. It's audacious and has some beautiful moments but parts of it are downright bad, despite the unanimous critical praise in the UK. The direction however is so beautiful it tends to cover up a lot of the misteps. Supposedly Brantley saw this in London and did not love it but was persuaded to wait until it it was cleaned up and transferred to give it a chance."

I'm not 100% sure about how rewrites work but if the script is already published would they really make more changes? 

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The Inheritance - Previews#18
Posted: 9/25/19 at 5:51pm

Slightly off topic but for those interested:

 A limited number of rush tickets will be available for purchase in person for $40 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre box office beginning at 10am for that day's performance only. Each person will be allowed two tickets maximum. Rush tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Rush seating locations will be determined at the discretion of the box office.

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Posted: 9/28/19 at 12:27am

Wow. Wow. Wowowowowow.

I admittedly saw this twice in London and went in loving it, but tonight's first preview was something special. The "bribe" of a free tote bag on each seat saying "One may as well begin on September 28th...first preview on Broadway" was a nice touch.

It was tremendous to see Part 1 in the city where the play takes place. The New York real estate, restaurants, neighborhoods mentioned got a much stronger reaction here than in London, obviously, with the mere mention of "it comes with a key to the park" got the gasp from the audience I wanted it to get in London. One of the few script changes (there's only one major one, later...) is the group of lads talking about missing gay bars. It was mentioned in dialogue in London but here they specifically mention the loss of No Parking and Musical Mondays at Splash.

The four leads transferring were all sublime, deeper than when I last saw them. Sam Levine is doing things I never noticed before and Kyle Soller destroyed me in a way he never had previously. I cannot wait to see how everyone handles Part 2.

The new cast members are all good, already feeling part of a true ensemble, but no one standing out yet. This Jasper is buffer and angrier, this Jason 1 is a Latinix man and more flamboyant. 

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The only major changes I noticed (and Im sure there are others I missed) were the staging of the sex scene being less intense and funny, the dialogue at Eric's birthday about gay bars  leading into what each Greek tells each Greek, etc etc, and finally Adam/Leo interjects after Toby refuses to take his parents boxes on New Years Eve to announce that Toby will only see one more Christmas. Morgan interjects to make sure he wants to do this since it's so early in the story but Adam/Leo decides no, Toby will only see one more Christmas. This is what causes Toby's tirade against Morgan's not coming out in his lifetime. 

 

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The Inheritance - Previews#20
Posted: 9/28/19 at 6:09am
I want one of those Tote Bags!!!! If anyone is selling one, please PM me
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The Inheritance - Previews#21
Posted: 9/28/19 at 8:43am

Any merchandise ? Posters?

Also, I picked up some rush this morning. I got Orchestra P-24. There was no line. 

FWIW, I specifically requested an aisle if possible because of my size so idk if my seat is generally reflective of rush offerings. The box office guy was very nice about it

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Posted: 9/28/19 at 10:28am

So I was at the first preview of the show last night, and I have to say, (cast withholding, it's previews they'll get better) this show is just flat out over hyped. The writing is just not special enough to be anything but trite. There's no central conflict so scenes go on and on without engaging the audience. And quite frankly there is just no real character development here. Sorry not sorry, Matthew Lopez is not the next great american gay writer....that takes revealing hard truths. there are none here that haven't been said before and this feels more like and exploitation of them than an honest dramatization. 

And yes, it is previews, but the cast seemed like avatars...not a single performance to get behind, except maybe Paul Hilton's.  

The star of the show IF ANY is  Stephen Daldry's elegant direction/staging. The only reason to see it in my opinion. 

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Posted: 9/28/19 at 10:31am
If anyone hasn’t booked this yet- DO IT NOW. Anyone saying it’s anything less than sensational is in need of medical help.

This play and the performances will sweep these Tony’s.

It’s a life changing piece of theatre.
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The Inheritance - Previews#24
Posted: 9/28/19 at 10:31am

I was caught up in this, even with its l-o-n-g length. There is really very little set/props - minimalist platform for something conjured up by a co. of easy-going young gay men at communal table/memorial crypt - being schooled in the art of telling stories. You may find yourself disappointed at Act 1 & 2, but thankfully Act 3 provides a swelling cap-off. My favorite thing is the contrast Paul Hilton's E.M.Forster/teacher/Walter character provides, (even if that later marathon monologue he delivers in low light may put audience to sleep.)

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Posted: 9/28/19 at 10:33am

standingovation79 said: "So I was at the first preview of the show last night, and I have to say, (cast withholding, it's previews they'll get better) this show is just flat out over hyped. The writing is just not special enough to be anything but trite. There's no central conflict so scenes go on and on without engaging the audience. And quite frankly there is just no real character development here. Sorry not sorry, Matthew Lopez is not the next great american gay writer....that takes revealing hard truths. there are none here that haven't been said before and this feels more like and exploitation of them than an honest dramatization.

And yes, it is previews, but the cast seemed like avatars...not a single performance to get behind, except maybe Paul Hilton's.

The star of the show IF ANY is Stephen Daldry's elegant direction/staging. The only reason to see it in my opinion.
"

Are you kidding? Kyle Soller? Andrew Burnap? 
I hope you are seeing Part 2 to alter that opinion.