THE INHERITANCE - Reviews

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#1
Posted: 11/17/19 at 10:50am

Happy opening to The Inheritance today! I know in London the reviews were mostly raves. It'll be interesting to read what the critics here in NYC will think of the play. I don't think Brantley or Green reviewed the play while it was in the West End (or at the Young Vic).

If you see any reviews of this play over next few days, please post a link within this thread.

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#2
Posted: 11/17/19 at 12:31pm
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Posted: 11/17/19 at 1:54pm

Maybe I'll have egg in my face tonight, but I can't see this show garnering the rave reviews it got in London. Twenty percent of this show is spectacular--the end of the first part, most of the long monologues, the ensemble work--and eighty percent is meh. Eric Glass is not a compelling protagonist, the extended brunch scenes don't have any more depth than gayness 101, and the major themes are told, not shown. There is a worthy story to be told about inter-generational relationships among gay men, and how to inherit gay history/culture. But while parts of this play do that well, overall it was just too long and basic.

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Posted: 11/17/19 at 5:18pm
predicting some generally positive notices, with praise for the leads, ensemble, and direction. But definitely some qualms with the writing. I feel like Brantley wouldn’t be a huge fan of this, but Green May give it a critic’s pick. They’re tastes don’t always coincide and this is a decent example.

(I have nothing to back that up aside from things they’ve previously enjoyed and things that they’ve found less than exciting)
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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#6
Posted: 11/17/19 at 5:44pm

Falsettolands said: "predicting some generally positive notices, with praise for the leads, ensemble, and direction. But definitely some qualms with the writing. I feel like Brantley wouldn’t be a huge fan of this, but Green May give it a critic’s pick. They’re tastes don’t always coincide and this is a decent example.

(I have nothing to back that up aside from things they’ve previously enjoyed and things that they’ve found less than exciting)
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Brantley gave it a rave in London so I would be shocked to see him change his mind all that much got the Broadway production.  I am definitely expecting raves for this, even though this board has been luke warm on it this show.  It’s the type of show critics will give rave notices to just because it’s “important.”

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#7
Posted: 11/17/19 at 7:07pm

Hamilfan2 said: "Brantley gave it a rave in London so I would be shocked to see him change his mind all that much got the Broadway production."

Brantley reviewed it in London?

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#8
Posted: 11/17/19 at 7:16pm

iwuldwf said: "Hamilfan2 said: "Brantley gave it a rave in London so I would be shocked to see him change his mind all that much got the Broadway production."

Brantley reviewed it in London?
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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#9
Posted: 11/17/19 at 7:39pm

As much as the board has been iffy, I think it'll be all raves. It seems like that kind of a thing. 

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#10
Posted: 11/17/19 at 8:03pm

Expecting raves, or the equivalent, with reservations.  The question: will they translate into box office? The previews have sold only so-so; curious about their advance. My guess: Part One is selling well enough. January weeknights is the place to look. I suspect that even with all positive notices, the weeknights are a tough sell this winter (length a factor): I could be wrong, and certainly have been before.  

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Posted: 11/17/19 at 8:04pm

Unrelated to reviews, but the always controversial Jeremy O’Harris tweeted earlier that he was stuck in traffic and “DEFINITELY not getting to part two on time” but seems to posting all about his outfits from the Part 1 red carpet. Sigh.

https://twitter.com/jeremyoharris/status/1196211559569281024?s=21

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#12
Posted: 11/17/19 at 8:09pm
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Posted: 11/17/19 at 8:22pm

GreasedLightning said: "Unrelated to reviews, but the always controversial Jeremy O’Harris tweeted earlier that he was stuck in traffic and “DEFINITELY not getting to part two on time” but seems to posting all about his outfits from the Part 1 red carpet. Sigh.

https://twitter.com/jeremyoharris/status/1196211559569281024?s=21
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Man, he's just ..... ugh. 

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#14
Posted: 11/17/19 at 8:23pm

LuPita2 said: "GreasedLightning said: "Unrelated to reviews, but the always controversial Jeremy O’Harris tweeted earlier that he was stuck in traffic and “DEFINITELY not getting to part two on time” but seems to posting all about his outfits from the Part 1 red carpet. Sigh.

https://twitter.com/jeremyoharris/status/1196211559569281024?s=21
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Man, he's just ..... ugh.
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I know. To be fair, I just read some more of his tweets and it seems he had his Exhibition show in Brooklyn today in between parts... but I still feel “ugh” about the poor scheduling. 

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Posted: 11/17/19 at 8:24pm

If it gets unanimous raves, I'd imagine it will help the the show at the box office, but even so, I can't imagine it would all of a sudden become a huge, sellout hit. The show's subject matter, lack of stars and especially it's length make it a hard sell, regardless of how great it is. I did very much enjoy it though, so I'm hoping for the best.

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#16
Posted: 11/17/19 at 9:11pm

GreasedLightning said: "
I know. To be fair, I just read some more of his tweets and it seems he had his Exhibition show in Brooklyn today in between parts... but Istill feel“ugh” about the poor scheduling."

Oh wait THIS is why today's 4pm Black Exhibition started at just after 4:55pm? (No, that is not a typo; started just shy of an hour late.)

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#17
Posted: 11/17/19 at 9:18pm

Reviews are overall very good, but it's good to note almost all point out that the show is flawed and not perfect.

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#18
Posted: 11/17/19 at 9:55pm

Brantley shares the opinion many of us did: shallow but entertaining (entertaining but shallow?).

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/17/theater/the-inheritance-review-broadway-matthew-lopez.html

"Ambition and achievement are not entirely commensurate in “The Inheritance.” Its breadth doesn’t always translate into depth. As fine as the acting is throughout — and quietly brilliant when the extraordinary veteran Lois Smith takes the stage, toward the very end, as the show’s sole female character — none of the characters here have the textured completeness of those created by Forster and Kushner.

Ultimately, the play twists itself into ungainly pretzels as it tries to join all the thematic dots on its immense canvas. Yet even by the end of the overwrought second half of “The Inheritance,” you’re likely to feel the abiding, welcome buzz of energy that comes from an unflagging will to question, to create, to contextualize, to — oh, why not? — only connect."

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#19
Posted: 11/17/19 at 10:02pm
Holy ****, is it not a Critics Pick?
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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#20
Posted: 11/17/19 at 10:11pm

That ain't a critic's pick.

He likes aspects of it, but it's in no way a money review. It appears some other critics agree with Brantley. (Now I'm curious what Jesse Green thought about it.)

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#21
Posted: 11/17/19 at 10:38pm

Vulture is mixed--or more accurately, pro Part 1, con Part 2.

https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/theater-review-the-inheritance-on-broadway.html

Updated On: 11/17/19 at 10:38 PM
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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#22
Posted: 11/18/19 at 1:26am

The Wrap and The Daily Beast PAN the play.  Just what the world doesn't need, another play about white upper class gays  Why not write a play about Latinx gays, Matthew Lopez?

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THE INHERITANCE - Reviews#24
Posted: 11/18/19 at 1:50am

I get the feeling Brantley was restraining himself. That’s just me trying to read between the lines, but I sensed he was trying to be kinder than he could have been.

In total, these reviews aren’t rapturous but they aren’t damaging either. Everybody talks about the end of Part One making people cry. Some good notices for the acting and overall praise for direction.

The reviewers who go on and on about the brilliance of the set remind me of the guy who falls in love with that white canvas in ART. Sure, it’s sleek and serves its purpose but it’s just a platform with a surface that goes up and down. Not Norma Desmond’s entire house ascending from the floor lol

Updated On: 11/23/19 at 01:50 AM
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Posted: 11/18/19 at 1:50am
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