The Inheritance is playing the Barrymore Theatre located at 243 West 47th Street. It runs three hours fifteen minutes with two intermissions. It is an open-ended run.
The play won a 2019 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
Andrew Burnap and Paul Hilton played the same roles at The Noel Howard Theatre in London. Kyle Soller won the 2019 Olivier Award and Critic Circle Award in the London production.
Stephen Daldry is the director. He won two Tony Awards for Billy Elliot the Musical (2009) and An Inspector Calls (1994). Stephen won the Olivier Award in 2019 for The Inheritance.
Bob Crowley is the costume and scenic designer. He has won seven Tony Awards for American in Paris (scenic 2015), Once (scenic 2012), Mary Poppins (scenic musical 2007) and The Coast of Utopia (scenic play 2007), The History Boys (scenic 2006) Aida (scenic 2000) and Carousel (scenic 1994). Bob was also nominated for twelve Tony Awards for The Audience (costume 2015), Skylight (scenic 2015), An American in Paris (costume 2015), The Glass Menagerie (scenic 2014), (Mary Poppins (costume 2007), The Invention of Love (scenic 2001)Aida (costume 2000), Twelfth Night (scenic 1999), The Iceman Cometh (scenic 1999) The Capeman (scenic 1998), and Les Liaisons Dangerous (scenic & costume 1987).
Part 1 is Summer 2015-Spring 2017. The setting New York City and its environs.
A group of men are spread out on the platform on stage and on the sides. They are either writing in a book or tablet. Adam (Samuel Levine) is confused on how to write the book, Morgan (Paul Hilton) tells him how to go about doing it. From time to time he may make a comment on what direction to take.
Toby (Andrew Burnap) and Eric (Kyle Soller) are couple. Eric asks ask’s Toby to marry, he accepts. Adam is their friend. Eric and Toby live in Eric’s grandmothers rent controlled apartment on West End Avenue. But the building is going Co-0p.
Eric is friends with Walter (Paul Hilton). He has lived with Henry (Tony Goldwyn) and his sons from a previous marriage for thirty-six years.
Toby writes a play that Adam plays the lead role. The play is a success. Toby decides he doesn’t love Eric and moves out. He hits on Adam who is not interested.
Walter dies of cancer and leaves his house to Eric. But Henry sons Charles (Jonathan Burke) and Paul (Kyle Harris) burn the piece of paper that says it.
Henry and Eric become friends. Henry offers to rent Eric his apartment in Gramercy Park. Eric accepts.
It ends with Eric visiting Walters house. He goes ahead while Henry gets the keys. All twelve of Walters friends who have died appear to say hi to Eric.
This is the basic story. There are other couples, people that die of aids, acceptance of gays, etc.
It is slow in the beginning but as the story goes on it become a very powerful story.
Some of the actors play several roles. They all were amazing. Andrew Burnap, Samuel Levine, Kyle Soller, Paul Hilton and Tony Goldwyn do an outstanding performance.
The is no set except for a large platform which the actors sit around it or so scenes on top of it.
This is an impressive play to see.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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