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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.

The Huffington Post

"Sweet and breezy and delectable…Playwright Moss—apparently making his New York debut—mixes his plot strands and sifts his sands in a thoroughly winning manner. Indian Summer is at once charming and evocative, tender and funny; it even wets its toes in the mystical. Most crucially, though, Moss quickly wins over his audience and never loses them. 'Indian Summer' should have a healthy afterlife, in part because it’s just so likable." Full Review

Manhattan Digest

"After the first act I was amused, but sort of questioned the point...The payoff, however, was well worth it by the end and the food for thought that Moss prepared was deeply satisfying…Cantor’s subtle direction allows her impeccable cast to grasp the essence of Moss’s language…Moss has found the perfect balance between superficial simplicities of beach life and the layered complexities of human nature, creating a work that is as beautiful and deep as the ocean itself." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"'Indian Summer' is a gem of a script that contrasts the gorgeously bittersweet throes of young summer romance with the melancholy ache of being elderly and alone...Moss has written a story that masterfully absorbs the viewer into the journey...Director Carolyn Cantor does a brilliant job staging the action and empowering the actors to play to their strengths. The cast is superlative and perfectly placed in their roles." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"'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." Full Review

Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"A deceptively bittersweet comedy…Izzy unveils a poetic streak and a surprising command of language that doesn’t always seem true to her character, but Kibler pulls off whatever Moss hands to her with aplomb. Despite its setting, the events that unfold in 'Indian Summer' turn out not to be the proverbial 'day at the beach' — for either its characters or the audience. But it’s definitely worth making the trip." Full Review


"It's touching without being sentimental...With shifting moods that ought to be disorienting but turn out to be emotionally satisfying. The cast of four assists the playwright by lending a stylistic consistency to his blend of naturalism and gentle absurdist wit…The aggregate effect of the designers' work is sense-filling and evocative of what's most pleasurable to remember about past summers. The same, in fact, may be said for Moss's play and the production as a whole." Full Review

New York Theater

"'Indian Summer,' about a teen romance at the Rhode Island seashore, is certainly warm, largely thanks to the charming, just-right four-member cast…The playwright’s effort to invest his sandy scenes with a profound context doesn’t detract from 'Indian Summer,' but it’s the shoal-deep interplay on the beach that most engages us." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Our Theater Blog

"George’s monologues are instructive and amusing, but seem beside the point– until they don’t. The small ensemble is ably directed by Carolyn Cantor. Kaye Voyce’s costumes are casual, cute and carefree, as you’d expect of summer attire. What could have been a sweet little story turns bittesweet. Sometimes a story takes a detour, as 'Indian Summer' does. Is the unexpected zigzag for better or for worse? You decide." Full Review

Village Voice

"Enjoyable but slight…Moss seems to want his Rhode Island locals to serve as paragons of authenticity...In doing so, he risks condescending to them, suggesting that it might be news to us that meatheads have feelings or that intelligence and privilege are not necessarily aligned...Despite all this, 'Indian Summer' is enjoyable to watch. Moss's characters are endearingly familiar, his banter is crisply composed, and it's hard not to root for Daniel and Izzy's friendship." Full Review

Epoch Times

“Although not always clear, the play does have some lovely moments...Owen Campbell’s sensitive Daniel, and Elise Kibler’s alternately feisty and dreamy Izzy. Joe Tippett’s Jeremy, though brimming with enthusiasm, is a bit over the top at times and could use some toning down. Less might prove more for him...Director Carolyn Cantor has done a fine job of coordinating all the elements and keeping the pacing moving along smoothly.” Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to laugh, cry and feel all the emotions. The metaphors are deep and not overly hard to grasp, and hits home to a younger audience.

Don't see it if You are not open to an unexpectedly touching tale.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if - You are under 25 - You like the beach - You are looking for something that deals with grief in a very delicate way

Don't see it if - You hate sand - You aren't looking for a "growing up" story

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.

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.

4th wall breaking, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Original

See it if Elise Kibler stole the show. Mr. Gabis, the dialect coach, bravo. Irreverent humor that I didn't realize I missed so much. Profound ending.

Don't see it if you are too PC to live. Deals w/ large concepts in non hoity-toity Summer People way. Odd 80s vibe for play set in the now. Still works.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You are looking for a genuinely honest coming of age experience. These characters are breathtaking and the play they inhabit is sublime.

Don't see it if You're looking for a lot of action or major scene changes. This is beautiful simplicity at its best.

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.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like your plays to wash over you. Great acting and chemistry from cast. Didn't blame the mother for all the troubles.

Don't see it if don't like some long monologues.

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.

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.

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

Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like modern, naturalistic dramas with thoughtful characters and themes on nostalgia and coming-of-age.

Don't see it if You prefer shows with more spectacle and/or stakes. It was a bit slow/quiet in parts.

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.

Cliched, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if you like traditional stories.

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

Clever, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you love the star-crossed lovers fairytale

Don't see it if you hate summertime and awkward pauses

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Worth it

See it if you like new work, need a laugh, want poignant but light-hearted show

Don't see it if you're looking for intense drama...

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.

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

Clever, Refreshing, Good not great

See it if like stories about potential love and younger actors.

Don't see it if you are cynical.

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

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

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