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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Romantic
80
Avg Score

75
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if I was disappointed.. The acting was ok but it was drawn out

Don't see it if other's reviews are similar

78
Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if like layered theatre. slightly blurry as if watching a memory. four good performances. sweet at times.

Don't see it if you don't like dense dialogue. slightly surreal. slow at times.

75
Absorbing, Delightful, Cliched, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you want to be taken right back to being on the beach when you were 16, hanging out with that cute person and trying to figure things out.

Don't see it if You're looking for something heavier than featherweight.

57
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

85
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.

76
Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want a rom com that still has classic Playwrights Horizons quirk with larger social ramifications.

Don't see it if you want excellent rather than quite good.

85
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.

87
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.

70
Disappointing, Amusing

See it if teenagers in love, from different cultural and social and economic backgrounds is new territory.

Don't see it if this scenario has been rehashed by many playwrights and you're tired of it.

79
Clever, Refreshing, Good not great

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

Don't see it if you are cynical.

70
Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Good acting

See it if enjoy watching unexpected friendships progress.

Don't see it if you don't like to hear profanity in a show.

98
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.

76
Delightful, Cliched, Great staging, Fluffy, Absorbing

See it if you'll see a little slip of a play that is warm and has real feeling.

Don't see it if You want some kind of new-feeling story or extraordinary characters.

79
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...

79
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

88
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

69
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

80
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.

30
Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You like great acting and directing but don't care about good writing.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with depth

75
Funny, Quirky, Slow, Resonant

See it if you like Jonathan Hadary and you don't mind a play which meanders.

Don't see it if you want to be fully satisfied.

80
Great acting, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Moving, Heartwarming

See it if Are moved by stories of love, death, and the choices we make.

Don't see it if You don't like your heartstrings tugged at.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like very nicely written bittersweet plays about lost love and missed opportunities, along with excellent acting by a fine cast.

Don't see it if you've already seen too many shows about coming of age and good writing and great acting won't make up for that.

86
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if This show was a complete surprise. I had no idea what I was in for. The play was excellent, the staging terrific, the acting excellent.

Don't see it if You don't like young people.

71
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy good drama and acting

Don't see it if you do not enjoy theater about teenagers

95
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Romantic

See it if you like sweet and sad plays. Great acting and a sweet message. It made me nostalgic and a little sad.

Don't see it if you don't like plays


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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