SpeakEasy Stage presents: The Inheritance

The Inheritance
Apr 22 – Jun 11, 2022

Earlier this weekend The SpeakEasy Stage production of The Inheritance opened at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End. The 6+ hour play, which won the 2020 Tony Award for Best Play, is told in two 3+ hour seatings.

Based on E.M. Forster’s novel Howard’s End, which delved into social codes of conduct and relationships in Edwardian England, The Inheritance takes place nearly a hundred years later (a generation after the peak of the AIDS crisis) in New York. The play explores what it is like to be young gay man, the legacy left by previous generations, and the legacy of AIDS impact on gay men.

“The Inheritance is not as embracing of all humanity, living and dead: Its characters are too shallow, too narcissistic, too selfish, too grounded in time and space. Nonetheless, it will not easily be forgotten, either. The play is a remarkable slice of life in a time of war and a beautiful remembrance, “a haunting, a necessary haunting” of both the victims and the survivors of that war.” -Broadway Review by Marilyn Stasio in Variety

Content Advisory: play contains sexual content, nudity, violence and graphic language.

One response to “SpeakEasy Stage presents: The Inheritance

  1. What a hoary homophobic trope in Stasio’s language: “Its characters are too shallow, too narcissistic, too selfish, too grounded in time and space.” She may as well have called them too faggy.

    Anyway: people should see this excellent production while they have the chance. Queer people should see it. For gay men especially, it’s an indispensable experience.



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