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.
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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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