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Indian Summer

From 24 critic and 130 member reviews
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.

Bob's Theater Blog

"Moss’s new play has a lot going for it -- three appealing young actors and a first-rate production…Jeremy is played by Tippett, who brings humanity to a cartoonish role...What starts as a simple summer idyll goes seriously off course in the second act with a bizarre scene between George and Izzy. George’s hijacking of the play’s ending is the final misstep that wiped out my early good feelings." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"The ensemble performs enthusiastically under Carolyn Cantor’s direction but the result is more external than internal...‘Indian Summer’ touches on themes of growing up, sexuality, love, death, belonging, identity, and grief but little of it resonates beyond what we’ve seen in so many other plays. George’s occasional commentaries on the mysteries of life, particularly of the ocean, add to the insistent poetic mood,...but not much to the progress of the plot." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Front Row Center

“Things don’t turn out the way you think they will, which is refreshing. And this is an absolute crackerjack cast. Watching these actors maneuver through the long shadows of summer, of young love and old lonely times, of small town desperation and teenage dreams - a total pleasure. Still, the good intentions and talent are not enough to get this play out of idle and into second gear.” Full Review

The New York Times

"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." Full Review

Act Three - The Reviews

"Gregory S. Moss is indeed a talented playwright...The grandfather was a disturbing and incongruous character with a creepy effect. Maybe this was what Mr. Moss was going for...What I do know is that the play is slow. Very slow...The extremely talented young actor, Owen Campbell, is an adorable, smart young man…It wasn't a zinger, wasn't a thriller, and wasn't memorable. It was, perhaps, like a summer read of the latest by Mary Higgins Clark on the beach. Mindless. Easy. Forgettable." Full Review

New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if interesting to watch, funny/some exciting parts.

Don't see it if you don't like comedy and drama


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

Don't see it if Restless

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.

Confusing, Banal, Disappointing

See it if Didn't care for it...never gave it a second thought

Don't see it if You want something more in a show than an essay

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.

During previews
Disappointing, Well-acted

See it if you are looking for a small scale coming of age story with fine acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for something unique

During previews
In the middle

See it if You like charming scenes with the 3 young actors.

Don't see it if Hokey Grandpa's philosophizing turn you off. Unnecessary scenes.

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Boring

See it if you enjoy slow moving shows with good acting but a rather boring plot

Don't see it if summer romance is not your thing.

During previews
Great acting, Sandy

See it if you like slice of life stories.

Don't see it if you are afraid of getting sand in your eyes. Sit in the back if you can!

During previews
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you want to see three appealing young actors who are better than their material.

Don't see it if don't like characters who come across as artificial constructs and don't like overlong plays with a last-minute switch of focus.

During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You don't mind wasting two hours of your life watching something that brought no clarity or meaning to the experience.

Don't see it if You mind spending your precious time wishing you were at the beach instead of watching a play about being at the beach.

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated

See it if You like slow moving shows...

Don't see it if You get bored easily...

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You are young and like stupid sit-coms.

Don't see it if You like good writing. This story has been done in movies over and over. Padded with stupid dialogue. Acting okay which saves a bad play.

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