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“The Inheritance” Review

Photo taken from Vogue Magazine.

During Packer symposium 2020, students went all over New York City and even the globe. We all enjoyed new experiences and were exposed to ideas that we did not previously think about. This year in the symposium Theatre Matters, we watched The Inheritance, written by Matthew Lopez, was a play that completely altered the way I think about theatre and the world. 

Based on E.M. Forester’s “Howard’s End,” the play tells a generational story about the AIDS crisis and how it affected the LGBTQ+ community throughout the years. It expertly weaves in politics, heartbreak and pure anger in a way that you have never experienced before. Although a seven-hour show may sound daunting to some, it is truly worth every second. You become captured by each of the character’s story and empathize to the extent of bawling. You are no longer a spectator after the first half-hour because you are incredibly invested in the best outcome for the people that you have come to love. 

Seeing this show as a student who was not alive during the AIDS crisis made me watch it with a lens dissimilar to those who had witnessed the crisis themselves. Although the brilliant acting made it easy for me to empathize with the characters, it was harder to put the story into the greater narrative that was the eighties. I saw my teachers around me crying, not only because of the play but because they knew and lost friends and relatives due to the AIDS crisis It was personal in a way that I myself could not empathize with, just simply sympathize. 

However, this should not and did not take away from my experience in the slightest. I recommend people of all age groups watch this play because it deals with the topic of love and death, something we all as humans can connect to.

I truly recommend this play because it is so unique and made me want to see more alternative theatre that breaks barriers as this one did. While it does display mature themes and content, I encourage people of all age groups to watch this play. I think that theatre is the perfect medium to discuss serious matters because of the deep sympathy that you build for the living, breathing characters on stage. After seeing this show, my symposium talked about it for days because we could truly not get ideas and questions out of our minds. If you are willing to see a show that will change the way you think and bring tears to your eyes, then The Inheritance is the show for you. 

Amelia Killackey is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is one of the layout editors for the Packer Prism this year. Amelia continues to pursue journalism in hopes to expand on her love for writing and politics. She is also very passionate about truth in the media and hopes to translate this into her articles. Amelia can be found at Harvard Model Congress or Model UN. She also loves skiing and debating about current events. She is excited to contribute new ideas to the Prism. Amelia can be reached at amkillackey@packer.edu

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