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Indian Summer

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Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Romantic

About the show

Playwrights Horizons presents this new romantic comedy about two 16-year-olds who forge an unlikely friendship amidst the class warfare in a small Rhode Island town. More…

Abandoned by his wayward mom, 16-year-old Daniel is consigned to spend summer with his widower granddad in a Rhode Island beach town, where the locals don’t look kindly on city kids. But his hapless vacation turns around when he meets Izzy: tough-acting, back-sassing, beguiling, and taken. The impulsive Sicilian-American girl is determined to defend her territory from this prep school invader. Gregory S. Moss’s feisty romantic comedy follows a passing fling that could last a lifetime—as impossible and charmed as an Indian summer.

Member Reviews (130)


Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Romantic
Avg Score

Homage to "our town": beautiful presentation of human rituals - first love, loss of spouse - as cosmically profound

See it if poetic script exalts/pokes fun at everyday rituals, shows chameleon-like teen behavior; fine J. Hadary "stage manager", vital E. Kibler

Don't see it if at times tragic/comic script feels formulaic, older airhead boyfriend character discordantly out of place, missing backstory 4 teen boy

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if you enjoy a fun show with depth and meaning, as well as terrific performances.

Don't see it if you're turned off by New England accents.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate wonderful acting and an engrossing story. A very enjoyable play, emotional but lots of laughs too!

Don't see it if You'd prefer a Broadway show with a big cast.

Ordinary, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Waste of a talented cast

See it if you like very ordinary theatre. Not worth going out of your way to see.

Don't see it if you want something special in your theatre-going experience.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Romantic, Clever

See it if Very watchable. Clever, original characters. Funny and insightful. The cast is also easy on the eyes. A pleasant diversion.

Don't see it if Doesn't add up to that much. Tries to be heavy, but fails in that. Kinda fluffy, in the end.

Great acting, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You want to see pitch perfect acting by all 4 principals in a touching & funny play about young love and how it doesn't always run smoothly.

Don't see it if You can't get by certain inconsistencies in tone & logic. I could due to the superb cast.

Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You want an entertaining evening with engaging characters

Don't see it if You prefer profound, original scripts.

Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy coming of age stories

Don't see it if You don't like unresolved threads at the end of a play

Delightful, Fluffy, Must see, Romantic, Resonant

See it if You enjoy rom-coms, YA novels, John Hughes movies. If you remember what summers were like when you were a teen, full of time and possibility

Don't see it if You're an old fart with no patience for teens. If you'll be too irked by narration that throws off pacing in a vain attempt at profundity.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you like good acting and a show that gets you to laugh.

Don't see it if You want a musical or a deep drama.

Modest, Chuckle inducing, Purposely slow, Adolescent angst, Nice ensemble cast

See it if you like clever coming of age stories about a summer fling between a "summer people" boy &a "year rounder" girl - might last longer or not

Don't see it if are offended by profanity, suicide, abandonment, teen sex or anything else about summer romances

Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you like intelligent romantic stories and nicely drawn characters

Don't see it if you are unhappy with stories that lack resolution.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You've ever spent time in a beach community, especially when young. This play will take you back there in a delightful, nostalgic way.

Don't see it if you're totally resistant to love and its follies in the young and the old that bring laughter and maybe a tear.


See it if You must see a show based on the title

Don't see it if Restless

Funny, Fluffy, Intelligent, Original

See it if You would like to see a nicely written play. It has a couple weak spots, but overall was a satisfying afternoon at the theater.

Don't see it if you want your plays to having some depth or meaning to them. Its a bit fluffy.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like good acting by solid cast. I was more interested in its observations about death than it as a rom/com which is how its being sold.

Don't see it if you're going to complain that you could've stayed home and watched HBO. You could. But if you love small stories in a theatre, it's good.

Great writing, Funny, Profound, Refreshing, Youthful

See it if You have ever been that awkward high schooler looking to make a few friends. New play. Great talent. Go!

Don't see it if Well... I think it's kind of for everyone. No one sings, though. So if you like singing, you won't find it here

Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Original

See it if A nice way to spend a summer evening. Interesting story and good acting. Nice set and lighting.

Don't see it if A little too cute and a strain on the believability in this story.

Cliched, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if you like traditional stories.

Don't see it if you want a twist on a story.

Refreshing, Original, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like Playwrights Horizons and the new voices they bring to their very comfortable theatre

Don't see it if you don't like to see shows before they are moved to Broadway

Entertaining, Great staging, Great set, Slow, Talented cast

See it if You have lived in or are familiar with the New England lifestyle, this show really brings you into Rhode Island & stays consistent.

Don't see it if You want easy answers and happy endings. You prefer rom-coms or big-budget spectacles.

Charming, Interesting characters, So-so writing, Deep or pretentious?, Entertaining

See it if You want a charming coming of age love story with entertaining characters and a hint of serious issues

Don't see it if You value strongly written dialogue, if you don't like exaggerated character archetypes, if you want something groundbreaking and ambitious

Clever, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy nicely paced rom-coms.

Don't see it if You're looking for a deeper examination of the bonds we build.

Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you'd enjoy a breezy-profound romantic comedy-drama with gorgeous performances

Don't see it if nothing about the above appeals to you.

Enchanting, Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You want to see a smart little show that will make you feel good about summer time. Everyone in the cast is outstanding.

Don't see it if Heteronormative relationships annoy you- this is fun but very white and straight.

June 9th, 2016
"Although the play’s four characters are given sensitive readings by the fine cast, Mr. Moss’s play remains so muted that it feels like an overcast day at the shore...It feels vaguely formulaic, as if assembled from a kit to create, well, the kind of delicate-hued, funny-sad plays that Annie Bake...
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June 8th, 2016
"A warm and gently breezy new play about teenage love on the Rhode Island seashore…The touchingly tentative coming-of-age dialogue of the first act is not quite matched by that of the second, but the engaging cast puts the play’s cosmic mildness across. Although Moss dips his toe into the dark an...
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June 9th, 2016
"Life’s a beach in Gregory Moss’s coming-of-age dramedy. Abandoned by his mom, 16-year-old Daniel (Campbell) clicks with 17-year-old Izzy (Kibler), a local girl with an attitude and a beefy older boyfriend Jeremy (Tippett)...After a promising start, the play crumbles sandcastle-style due to carto...
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June 8th, 2016
"A complex (and somewhat sleepy) meditation on lost opportunities…Moss has some important insights about the nature of relationships, the injustice of circumstance, and the cruelty of time, but those observations would be a lot more impactful in a better-edited play. Presently, watching 'Indian S...
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