Review: The Inheritance, Young Vic - an epic tale of love, loss and life but was it better than Angels?
It is a playful play with laugh out loud moments but in a blink, it is full of pathos and tragedy
The Inheritance at the Young Vic is this year's Angels in America - a two-parter set in New York about a group of gay men.
I really enjoyed Angels but I wasn't bubbling over with the same enthusiasm for it that some had. So I approached Matthew Lopez's play with a hint of trepidation: it's a long play, would this be more of the same?
You could describe it as a sequel to Angel's following the generation of men that grew up after the AIDS epidemic.
The Inheritance of the title in many ways represents the life and society that the Angels' generation paved the way for.
But the play is also heavily influenced by EM Forster's Howard's End examining class, entitlement and privilege and framed as an attempt to tell a story - EM Forster serves as a tutor and mentor at various points.
Truth and fiction playfully interweave the narrative, occasionally options for alternative dialogue is presented as if we are in a narrative brainstorming session - or viewing different perspectives.
But the essence of the play is a love triangle.
Eric Glass (Kyle Soller) lives in a protected rent apartment with his boyfriend Toby (Andrew Burlap) who is adapting his debut novel into a play.
Their group of gay friends often congregate at the apartment - Eric is a good cook and host but at one such gathering a young man, Adam (Samuel H Levine), turns up to return Toby's bag, Toby having taken his own, identical, bag in error.
Heartbreak and obsession
That encounter sends each on a journey that none of them could have foreseen, a journey of love, heartbreak, obsession, success and tragedy, a journey that makes and breaks them and forces painful introspection.
A journey that unfolds over six and half hours of theatre.