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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

80
Delightful, Cliched, Relatable

See it if You like romantic comedies. With a meet-cute, a charmingly quirky older man, and a boyfriend who gets in the way of true connection.

Don't see it if You don't like young love or remembering what it was like to be an outcast and find someone to connect to only to have obstacles in your way

79
Entertaining, Original, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an entertaining evening of theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy.

During previews
70
Romantic, Over-long, Unambitious, Absorbing, Well-acted

See it if you like convincing, sweet young romance, but the grandfather's super-irritating. Elise Kibler lights up the stage. A mini-beach vacation.

Don't see it if Overlong play. Unconvincing, hole-filled plot; ending unearned. Old-fashioned story jarringly set now. Still, engaging and even touching.

During previews
81
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Romantic, Slow

See it if Great acting overall but Kibler is surprisingly exceptional . Sweet story of teen first love. Believable with well drawn characters.

Don't see it if The "narrator" can get away with his philosophical notes. but some of Izzy's lines are made believable only by Kibler's mastery of her craft

During previews
76
Great acting, Entertaining, Sweet, Cute, Funny

See it if You enjoy nice stories w/ characters you care about. It's well acted & Elise Kibler is exceptional! Def someone to look out for in future

Don't see it if A few parts are a little sleepy, but for the most part this is an entertaining show that's well constructed with great performances.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like character driven memory plays.

Don't see it if You're looking for a lot of action.

During previews
79
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see stellar acting and lovely, naturalistic writing.

Don't see it if Well, it was a bit disjointed despite the performances.

During previews
85
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Enchanting, Resonant

See it if you were ever an awkward teenager and maybe sometimes still feel like one.

Don't see it if you have trouble with a slow pace.

During previews
85
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if The young talent on stage is amazing. Owen Campbell & Elise Kebler have a great future in live theater. Tippett & Hadary contnue to impress.

Don't see it if You do not care about the problems of young love..

During previews
85
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Romantic, Clever

See it if you like comedies with unexpected plot turns, sweet but hurting characters, good acting, or "comedy with tragedy or tragedy with comedy"

Don't see it if you are disturbed by issues such as misspent youth, grief and old age, awkward first love, parental absences, class differences

During previews
92
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you remember summers by the shore, romances that never quite happened, longing for a future you could not begin to imagine. So charming!

Don't see it if If none of the things above apply to you. Nothing much happens to these characters who are living the time between major life events.

During previews
98
Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A wonderful, brilliantly acted, highly original play with terrific dialogue about young people, their dreams and fears, set on a beach.

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious play that challenges you to figure out what is going on. This play is refreshing and clever and hugely fun.

During previews
82
Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Relevant, Real world

See it if You still pine away for what might have been, spent a summer as an outsider in a sea coast community, are a romantic

Don't see it if You dislike profanity and un- P.C. ethnic comments Expect a big production and elaborate staging

During previews
90
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Tender and fine, Wistful

See it if There's a person or moment in your life perfectly captured in memory. You like a beautiful, funny, touching script, well-acted and realized.

Don't see it if You have no interest in teenage mannerisms or culture, affairs of the heart, small town life, or want action. You don't feel wistful.

During previews
69
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
65
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
79
Great staging, Strong performances, Simple, sweet, a tad slow

See it if you enjoy fresh young performers telling a simple story about young love, & one wonderful veteran performer for the old folks to relate to.

Don't see it if No tidy ending or elaborate set, but lovely lighting & sound. The missing mother was a loose end that didn't resonate as I would have liked.

During previews
91
Original, Great acting, Funny, Emotional, Pleasant surprise

See it if you want to see a very talented four person ensemble, enjoy tapping into your emotions, young love and/or old love, a well written story.

Don't see it if you cannot relate to romance, youth, awkwardness, empathy, laughter and tears.

During previews
79
Sweet nostalgic coming-of-age

See it if A sweet coming-of-age story of teenage summer. Joe Tippett shines as the older, ambiguous love interest. I liked Campbell and Kibler, too.

Don't see it if Last year's What I Did Last Summer by Gurney was more resonant, though it dealt with the boy's relation to a mentor. Here, young love is it.

During previews
86
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You enjoy intelligent fluff that's very well acted

Don't see it if You want thought provoking heavy drama.

During previews
56
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.

During previews
90
Delightful, Funny, Smart

See it if You are up for a light witty coming of age show.The appealing cast overwhelms somewhat preposterous characterizations and the result is fun.

Don't see it if Things all need to be logical for you, and magic is not allowed, though you could consider relaxing, letting down your guard and enjoying.

During previews
83
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You enjoy a small-scale coming of age story where you really know and care about the characters.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in a story where 2 seemingly different young people find love. Stay away if you are offended by abusive language.

During previews
75
Quirky, Romantic, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent

See it if Quirky coming of age story, capturing a moment when things were simpler and you fell in love for the first time. Funny and heart breaking.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with a lot of action or if every moment needs to be completely believable, or if you don't like a lot of narration.

During previews
75
Dated, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny, Cute

See it if you want a basic tale of a brief teenage romance.

Don't see it if You're after something more profound and deeper.


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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