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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.



86
During previews
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

86
During previews
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.

85
During previews
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.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You want a nice down to earth play about young people with relatable themes

Don't see it if You're looking for an epic, mind blowing play that will rock your world

85
During previews
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

85
During previews
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.

85
During previews
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..

85
During previews
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.

85
During previews
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.

85
During previews
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

85
During previews
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.

83
During previews
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.

82
During previews
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

82
During previews
Great acting, Original, Quirky, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if if you spent a summer at the beach

Don't see it if you are still pining for a summer love

82
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you are into a small, intimate, touching yet humorous play, about one summer, the way we were, are and could be through lifeץ

Don't see it if a play centers teens annoys you and if you are looking for grand happenings on stage and not into delicate relationships developed on stage.

81
During previews
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

80
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Cliched, Sweet

See it if you want something family friendly (except for some strong language), romantic, hilarious, and mostly but not completely light.

Don't see it if you can't handle a cliched teen summer romance story.

80
During previews
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

80
During previews
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

80
During previews
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

80
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic

See it if You like stories about love and loss with great writing and acting along with many humorous moments

Don't see it if You're not okay with feeling like some stuff wasn't relevant & could be cut in favor of more being said in the main plot, especially the end

79
During previews
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.

79
During previews
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.

79
During previews
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.

79
During previews
Superbly acted, Beautifully staged, The script is buoyed by the production., Could use a re-write.

See it if only to admire funny, nuanced and electric performances by Elise Kibler and Joe Tippett. They and Hadary struggle to redeem a weak script.

Don't see it if you will be irritated by a lack of logic in the over-written script and characters who all share the playwright's too-flowery vocabulary.


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