Review: Tony-winning ‘The Inheritance’ is better in Los Angeles than on Broadway
Gus van Sant’s The Inheritance is a show that comes from another era.
While critics who attend Broadway’s world-premiere of The Inheritance will know they have been treated to a show that feels distinctly familiar, they also may not know they were in Los Angeles, and not New York, when it came to making the show.
In New York, this play ran as a run of about 40 performances, with the first official night of run being Oct. 17. In Los Angeles, it is only now playing, having been off Broadway for a few months.
The show’s Los Angeles run opens Oct. 17 and is on as of Monday, November 3, making it a three-night engagement. It has only been off Broadway for a few months, so there is little comparison available. But the Los Angeles production is clearly in a league of its own with a more nuanced production than the Broadway company.
The show’s director, Gus Van Sant, was responsible for the hit Van Wilder movies as well as “The Wrestler,” “My Own Worst Enemy” and (appropriately) “Dumb and Dumber.” He is also known for other works, including “American Graffiti,” “Mud” and “My Own Worst Enemy.”
“We were working with a really talented and amazing team at the Alliance Theatre,” said Van Sant. “They’re a group of people who have worked with some of the biggest directors in the world, and we were creating a show that’s been on the stage over half a century, and we wanted a chance to be authentic to the period from which it came.”
“When I first saw it, and when I got the script, it was such a story in itself,” he said of the script. “I immediately felt this connection to it that was immediately deep and felt very emotionally. That’s what we started with and that’s what we did.”
The story, which is set in the 1920’s in California, is about a young man named Frank Marshall (Michael Shannon, whose Broadway credits include “Duck Duck Goose�