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The Inheritance

Large Mixed Cast

Matthew Lopez Price: $19.95

"You have to wonder why there isn't a word in the English language for the fireworks that go off in your brain when you finally kiss someone you've wanted for years. Or for the intimacy and tenderness you feel as you hold the hand of a suffering friend"

A generation after the height of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York?

How many words are there now for the different kinds of pain, the different kinds of love?

Inspired by E.M. Forster's Howards End and told in two parts running about six hours, The Inheritance tells multiple stories

Eric is a kindly, humane lawyer who lives in a posh Upper West Side apartment

And Toby - his longtime lover - is an egotistical, sharp-tongued writer whose success as a novelist and dramatist is based on the denial of his past

Their impending marriage is threatened both by Ericís loss of the family apartment and by Tobyís fixation on Adam, the charismatic star of his play

Toby becomes involved with rent boy Leo, who is not only a lookalike for Adam but also tests the moral probity of all who encounter him

This leads to the same clash of values that animates Howards End

The liberal Eric is drawn to Henry, a real-estate developer who has recently lost his own partner, Walter

Henry shocks a roomful of Ericís left-leaning friends by declaring he is a Republican

As in Forsterís book, a property is pivotal

Walter always wanted Eric to have an upstate house he owned

At the height of the Aids epidemic, he turned it into a refuge for the dying

But will Eric will ever come into his rightful inheritance?

By turn hilarious and heart-breakingly profound, this is one of the most intense plays about the status of gay culture

It premiered at the Young Vic in London May, 2018 with a stellar cast, including Vanessa Redgrave making a moving appearance in Part Two as a mother who belatedly learned to love her gay son

It was immediately recognised as a work of equal importance and stature to Angels in America ...

REVIEWS

★★★★ "Transcendent" ~ Time Out

★★★★ "An epic work ... I fell for it" ~ The Times

★★★★ "Exquisitely pitched. An incredible feat" ~ The Stage

★★★★★ "Witty, outrageous and deeply moving" ~ The Evening Standard

★★★★★ "Perhaps the most important American play of the century so far" ~ The Telegraph

★★★★★ "Vast in its emotional scope. It covers the whole gamut of gay menís lives" ~ Gay Times


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