The Inheritance

While I was in LA, I went to see The Inheritance at the Geffen Playhouse.  I missed both the London and Broadway productions, so this was my first time seeing this modernized queer adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End.  The parallels to another two-parter – Angels in America – are more than structural.  I was impressed by Matthew López’s skillful script, which was aided invaluably by an extraordinarily talented cast.  While I have nothing to compare it to, other reviewers say this production and cast far exceeds the previous ones.  Part 1 was dominated by Bill Brochtrup with a lovely portrayal of two very different characters.  In Part 2, Tuc Watkins gets to flex his thespianistic muscles and lend gravitas and humanity to a difficult role.  A trio of younger actors anchor the plays.  Bradley James Tejeda jumped into the production at the last minute and masterfully portrays Adam and Leo (he understudied the roles on Broadway).  Juan Castano makes a strong impression as golden boy Toby.  However, it is Adam Kantor as Eric who holds the show together with skill, charm, and immeasurable talent.  Should you be in the LA area, both parts of The Inheritance run through November 27th.  Get tickets and info at GeffenPlayhouse.org.

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