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Indian Summer

From 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.


Member Reviews (130)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

During previews
78
Engaging, Tender, Great acting

See it if like a show with bravado hiding tenderness. Not so original idea, but well done. While I resisted, the characters did draw me in.

Don't see it if don't like romantic stories about young-uns.

During previews
80
Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy exploring the complexities of relationships and can laugh and feel sad about it. Great staging and lighting.

Don't see it if are in the mood to be dazzled

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
77
Sweet story well acted, too long

See it if You like a sweet coming of age story that's made believable by great acting by Kibler as Izzy. In best scene she helps grandpa reminisce.

Don't see it if You can't get past the forced Italian RI accent or stereotypes. Should be a half hour shorter and less disjointed.

During previews
69
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
85
Sweet and charming story about a teen summer romance

See it if The main storyline is kind of predictable but it's still really entertaining, with clever dialogue, true humor and is really well acted

Don't see it if I found the Italian stereotype humor really funny.. But this might not be to everyone's taste

During previews
75
Slow, Quirky, Overrated, Cute, Unsettling

See it if you like light shows with little substance support new young artists; like joe tippett shirtless; support new artists;

Don't see it if you like a bit of substance; don't like summer romance stories; don't like off-beat somewhat disturbing characters; hate sand.

During previews
58
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated

See it if You like slow moving shows...

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

During previews
75
Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Slow, Quirky

See it if The actors and direction are the best of this show: Owen Campbell, Elise Kibler and Joe Tippett (hilarious)...Carolyn Cantor directing.

Don't see it if Admirable production, but the play is long winded and a bit familiar. Jonathan Hadary's character, the wise kvetch, is irritating.

During previews
59
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
85
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if coming of age stories are very interesting. Beach side location are also attractive. The attractive young cast are very good. I enjoyed it.

Don't see it if Stories about growing up, teenage crushes, and summer romances are not your thing.

During previews
70
Absorbing, Muddled, Touching, Superficial

See it if Coming of age

Don't see it if Coming of age

During previews
85
Absorbing, Romantic, Touching, Nostalgic, Great acting

See it if You have a thing for art about young love and summer flings. It will hit you hard.

Don't see it if You don't like "Ah, Wilderness!" or "The Spectacular Now" or other young love stories.

During previews
69
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
78
Great acting, Romantic, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You like to see great acting by relatively young actors. Also, if you like young romance/teen angst.

Don't see it if You get distracted by a narrator with dialogue that is mostly superfluous.

During previews
86
Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if Great acting and engaging characters in a coming of age story.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about that awkward period between being a teenager and becoming a young adult.

During previews
85
Great acting, Masterful, Romantic

See it if You want to see some of the best acting seen on a New York Stage in years (although the play itself is not as good as the acting,)

Don't see it if You have no patience for plays that aren't perfect.

During previews
86
Absorbing, Funny, Romantic, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you appreciate fearless writing and stunning acting, and would love a romantic comedy that defies the normal tropes of that genre.

Don't see it if you want your romantic comedies to be just light and fluffy and all happy endings - this comedy is tempered w/ brilliant flashes of darkness

During previews
70
Banal, Romantic, Quirky, Slight, Great design

See it if you're willing to overlook a bland script for some wonderful performances (particularly from Jonathan Hadary) and some beautiful design.

Don't see it if you're expecting an original new play. Indian Summer, try as it may, never becomes anything more than a slight boy-meets-girl love story.

During previews
95
Enchanting, Delightful, Wistful, Hilarious

See it if Coming-of-age-at-the-beach comedy delivers waves of laughs, sweet longing, and just a spray of salt water, with a sharp Woody-esque script.

Don't see it if Consistent belly laughs are difficult achieve, and it is a credit to the cast, playwright and director that they calibrated this so well.

During previews
80
Ambitious, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Masterful

See it if masterful actors in an ambitious play of "coming of age" and end of life loss. Well written, a couple forgivable disjointed moments

Don't see it if you don't like watching young love plays with little action

During previews
90
Enchanting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if u want a play as warm & crisp as a summer breeze that reminds u of a period in your life free from the everyday & full of potential. GREAT!

Don't see it if u expect a lot of action: this is more a celebration of (clearly drawn & relatable) characters in moments of self-discovery & transition.

During previews
85
Delightful, Exquisite, Enchanting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You'd like to be reminded of being young when boundaries not yet set, when life was still new and fresh, before love just meant sex. Tender

Don't see it if Not plot, set, or character heavy. It's a "small" play of when we were young and fresh. Depends on Listening and Watching closely.

During previews
91
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if If you want to see a delightful depiction of a summer at the beach with youthful romance and a nostalgic look at the past.

Don't see it if If you want a song and dance show. This features attractive teens -in a memory piece of another time.

During previews
80
Delightful, Clever, Refreshing, Original, Great acting

See it if like the complexity of summer romance

Don't see it if if you can't relate to innocent love


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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