Indian Summer
Closed 2h 10m
Indian Summer
80

Indian Summer NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(131 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
11%
Negative
1%
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.

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Member Reviews (131)

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618 Reviews | 274 Followers
79
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

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
88
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.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
93
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.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
50
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.

384 Reviews | 231 Followers
88
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.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
79
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.

417 Reviews | 69 Followers
76
Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You want an entertaining evening with engaging characters

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

235 Reviews | 229 Followers
71
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

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
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 Baker specializes in. All the talk of the ocean brings to mind the play’s flaws: it has a washed-out, watery quality, and the characters, while agreeable company, are not exactly bottomlessly interesting."
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Time Out New York
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 and vast waters of the ocean, he doesn’t let it linger there for long. He’s more interested in what the tide brings in, however briefly, before washing it away along with who knows what else."
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New York Daily News
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 cartoonish characters, an over-explanation of its themes and plot detours."
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Theatermania
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 Summer' feels a lot like hunting for a lost wedding ring in a watery cloud of sand and seaweed: We know something truly valuable is there, but it is hard to discern through all the muck."
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BroadwayWorld
June 9th, 2016

"A genial, if rather standard, coming-of-age play…There's some lovely writing when Daniel and Izzy start indirectly expressing affection for each other, and a bit of weirdness when George asks the teenage girl to put on one of his deceased wife's dresses and have a conversation with his as if she were her, but director Carolyn Cantor's strong cast is charming and 'Indian Summer' is a sweet bit of romantic nostalgia."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 9th, 2016

"'Indian Summer' is an odd, but affecting, one - a romantic comedy and a meditation on loss, a tough-minded look at the fragility of relationships, and a sometimes illogically plotted tale that nevertheless makes clear how small choices can lead to unexpected results. The production benefits enormously from the sensitive performances of its cast...Moss doesn't go in for dramatic fireworks; instead he understands that the most profound effects are felt beneath the surface."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 8th, 2016

"A lot of fraught talk about vague things and half-realized emotions, which results in what is, however comfy, a fraught, vague, and half-realized play…The conflicting notions of what the play is prevent it from ever fully cohering...The acting, though honest, is on the befuddled side…Daniel and Izzy's final scene together is a powerful tribute to the dying art of subtext. But as a whole, 'Indian Summer' fails because it wants everything but is willing to compromise on nothing."
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TheaterScene.net
June 14th, 2016

"Gregory S. Moss’ 'Indian Summer' at Playwrights Horizons is an uneasy mix of two stories, the first about the doomed romantic encounter between two teens and the second concerning the quiet existential suffering of an elderly man. Despite sudden shifts of tone, Moss manages to leave the audience feeling deeply for each of these characters."
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