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"The Inheritance" footage

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#1
Posted: 3/4/21 at 5:55pm

Just in case you haven't already seen this: It appears that Tony voters were sent a video of the highly emotional final five minutes of Part One of "The Inheritance."

 

Warning: If you didn't see "The Inheritance" on Broadway or in London and are looking forward to seeing the play in a future production, you may not want to watch this key sequence. 

 

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Updated On: 3/4/21 at 05:55 PM
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#2
Posted: 3/4/21 at 6:33pm
Thank you. This translates better to screen than I had anticipated and I hope they find a way to film the whole thing one day.

I must admit I wasn’t sure I bought into the hype when I saw it. However, I want to read this now as the current pandemic has made me reflect a lot on HIV/AIDS. It’s such a cliche that everyone says their theatre is ‘more relevant than ever’ but I can’t help but feel it’s especially true of this piece.

I am trying to consume as many documentaries, news reels, interviews, films and stories on this as I can to try and make it seem real as opposed to just a historic fact gone by - I try to but it’s hard to imagine how truly terrible, scary and sad it must have been to be part of the gay community during the 80s and 90s.
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#3
Posted: 3/5/21 at 12:54am

And I'm absolutely shattered all over again. I'm so glad I got to relive this moment.

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#4
Posted: 3/5/21 at 8:51am

Thank you for sharing. I agree that it was adapted well into film. The closeups were intense and certainly made me teary eyed.

I wonder how Kyle Soller didn't get nominated for a Tony.

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#5
Posted: 3/5/21 at 12:45pm

The clip is marvelous. Wasn't one of the recurring complaints of this play that this particular piece of writing was exceptional and this quality wasn't maintained throughout the piece? Some reviews also mentioned that this moment in the show wasn't earned by the previous scenes and felt manipulative. I'm not saying that is true, but based on what I read I feel the play's reception in NYC was lukewarm at best. I wonder what that was about. 

 

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#6
Posted: 3/5/21 at 12:47pm

I'm sorry, I don't understand how something so big and mystical could happen at the end of Evening One and then be chuffed off as "nothing" when we open Evening Two. Bad. Playwrighting. Bad.

But also, I didn't buy it when it happened, though people were sobbing around me. 

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#7
Posted: 3/5/21 at 12:59pm

Owen22 said: "I'm sorry, I don't understand how something so big and mystical could happen at the end of Evening One and then be chuffed off as "nothing" when we open Evening Two. Bad. Playwrighting. Bad.

But also, I didn't buy it when it happened, though people were sobbing around me.
"

THIS ^^

The fact that it is barely acknowledged in part 2 is honestly beyond words

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Posted: 3/5/21 at 1:55pm

Bettyboy72 said: "The clip is marvelous.Wasn't one of the recurring complaints of this play that this particular piece of writing was exceptionaland this quality wasn't maintained throughout the piece? Somereviewsalso mentioned that this moment in the show wasn't earnedby the previous scenes and felt manipulative. I'm not saying that is true, but based on what I read I feel the play's reception in NYC was lukewarm at best. I wonder what that was about.

"

From what I remember [caveat being I saw it once only at the Young Vic so have no idea what changed], the tone was much like the difference between the High School and Mother/Daughter scenes in Carrie. Sometimes you get 'Angels in America' and other times you get a kind of 'Grindr the soap opera' with a lot of young gayz whining about. 

"Rose in Gypsy was like going through therapy for me. Playing Rose helped me put a lot of emotions to bed. There was so much lacking in Rose and that's why she had to prove herself through her children. [interviewer]In ways that reminded you of your mom?[/interviewer]. Let's just say the role was very interesting for me. That one was the most interesting [I've ever played]" - Bernadette Peters (2018)
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#9
Posted: 3/5/21 at 2:26pm

A beautifully filmed clip!  I saw the show on what turned out to be the last night of Broadway, and they were filming it that night but I don't know for what purpose.

If you don't realize just how much Stephen Daldry's direction meant to the production, this is how that scene is written in the published script:

Man:  I'm sorry.  I thought you were Walter for a moment.  You have his way of walking around the house.

Eric: I'm Eric.

Man: Eric Glass?

Eric: Yes, that's right.  How did you-

   [Suddenly, the various rooms of the house start to fill with young men. The house is filled with ghosts.]

Man: It's so nice to finally meet you.  We've heard so much about you.

Eric: Me?  Who are you? 

Man: I'm Peter.

Eric: Peter?

Man: Peter West.  I'm a friend of Walter's.  Welcome home, Eric.

 [End of Part One]

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#10
Posted: 3/6/21 at 11:57am

If I recall correctly The Inheritance was scheduled to close that weekend (March 15th) but due to pandemic its last performance would be March 10th. Good thing they filmed that day! 

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#11
Posted: 3/6/21 at 12:18pm
Still one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.
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#12
Posted: 3/6/21 at 3:45pm

IronMan said: "If you don't realize just how much Stephen Daldry'sdirection meant to the production, this is how that scene is written in the published script:

I didn't much like this play (I enjoyed a lot of Evening One, but as I stated, hated the end and didn't like most anything in Evening Two). But I have to agree. it was BEAUTIFULLY directed. 

Seeing this play with mediocre direction, as many people will after the pandemic, will be f'ing tourture!!

 

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#13
Posted: 3/6/21 at 4:15pm
There’s a part of me that thinks maybe this particular clip was released so that future productions will know how to stage it, instead of just how it’s written in the script.
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#14
Posted: 3/6/21 at 4:25pm

Jordan Catalano said: "There’s a part of me that thinks maybe this particular clip was released so that future productions will know how to stage it, instead of just how it’s written in the script. "
 

Good call Jordan. I think you’re right. Hopefully it would inform how they approached the whole piece too. 
 

 

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#15
Posted: 3/6/21 at 4:34pm
I'm curious as to who played the "spirits" at the end of part one? Were they understudies?
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#16
Posted: 3/6/21 at 5:27pm
Jordan Catalano said: "There’s a part of me that thinks maybe this particular clip was released so that future productions will know how to stage it, instead of just how it’s written in the script."



And there's a part of me that thinks this particular clip was released as a ploy to remind Tony voters of the most emotional and arguably best part of a 6 hour production.

It was certainly a coup de theatre, but one that, in my opinion, was not supported by the rest of the play.

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Updated On: 3/6/21 at 05:27 PM
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#17
Posted: 3/6/21 at 8:18pm

Jordan Catalano said: "There’s a part of me that thinks maybe this particular clip was released so that future productions will know how to stage it, instead of just how it’s written in the script. "


Eh, it’s Tony voting week so this was 100% released to campaign & entice voters. Hit them with a reminder of the most emotional moment of the show to try and inspire votes. 

Updated On: 3/6/21 at 08:18 PM
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Posted: 3/6/21 at 8:32pm
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#19
Posted: 3/8/21 at 11:14pm
jvoom said: "I'm curious as to who played the "spirits" at the end of part one? Were they understudies?"



It was a group of Equity "extras", which I didn't really know about until seeing this. Ushers gave an insert with their names after the show. I remember seeing an audition notice for The Lehman Trilogy that they were also employing an "extras" contract for a few roles.