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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
Still in previews needs a trim, Exquisite and thoughtful moments, Diverse and interesting characters representing cultural and generational concerns, Quirky, Spare and mutable staging and lighting

See it if you want to peek in on an intergenerational conversation about life, budding love, expectations met and hoped for, at the beach.

Don't see it if You want big sets and production, linear story with a happy ending. You don't want to think about the meaning of relationships old and young

During previews
66
Great acting, Sandy

See it if you like slice of life stories.

Don't see it if you are afraid of getting sand in your eyes. Sit in the back if you can!

During previews
80
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.

During previews
90
Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you like charming, sweet off-Broadway plays.

Don't see it if you hate plays?

During previews
92
Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You like new plays; stories about love and life

Don't see it if You don't like the beach!

During previews
92
Delightful, Original, Romantic, Funny

See it if You want a beautifully written, acted, and produced play. It is a lovely summer story that will leave you happy and a little sad too.

Don't see it if You don't care for New England accents or you only want to see heavy depressing theatre. This is light but not empty.

During previews
92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Love well written beautifully acted shows that give you insights into life and love.

Don't see it if You want all issues happily tied up with a romantic bow.

During previews
90
Delightful, Entertaining, Cliched, Enjoyable, Young

See it if you want a simple yet entertaining show with identifiable characters. It's a nice little nugget of a show.

Don't see it if you are looking for something incredibly profound and new.

During previews
89
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing, Slow

See it if You want a play in which scene setups don't feel stagy, and finds the perfect balance between relaxing summer play and true intelligence.

Don't see it if You prefer plays that are more sitcom-y than quiet and reflective.

During previews
87
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You like following a story in stages and have ever had your heart broken.

Don't see it if You don't like a lot of talking.

During previews
82
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.

During previews
73
Romantic, Fluffy, Funny, Indulgent, Meh

See it if beautiful physical production, strong performances & some lovely writing, but ultimately ponderous & slight. A minor work from major talents

Don't see it if The lyricism of the writing extinguishes the tension between the characters; they all end up sounding the same. Overlong by 45 minutes.

During previews
82
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

During previews
79
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.

During previews
88
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you appreciate nostalgia and young love and smart, quirky humor.

Don't see it if you're annoyed by actors breaking the 4th wall or need everything to be wrapped up neatly.

During previews
74
Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Slow, Insipid

See it if You enjoy light summer reading

Don't see it if your are looking for something with substance and interest.

During previews
89
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Enchanting

See it if you like hilarious Shanley-esque characters & dialogue, beautiful prose, lyrical realism, irrational love & need a trip to the beach.

Don't see it if You need all the questions answered.

During previews
78
Funny, Great acting

See it if You like strong acting, funny dialogue

Don't see it if You don't like inconsistent script.

During previews
74
Funny, Slow, Charming, Resonant

See it if you feel nostalgic for your teenage romance, like to laugh and maybe shed a few tears.

Don't see it if you like fast paced shows.

During previews
85
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

During previews
80
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

During previews
91
Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you yearn to be a teenager on the beach in the summer

Don't see it if you were never in love

During previews
90
Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if The perfect light summer show about love and loss.

Don't see it if If you are looking for something super deep.

During previews
87
Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Original, Delightful

See it if you like Guidos and their issues. Super funny and well acted from a cast of 4. Story is sweet and well directed and written.

Don't see it if This is a good time at the theater. No reason not to see it. Not an epic drama though.

During previews
90
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if An intimate, small-scale production about young love and aging, with excellent acting and great writing. Funny and moving.

Don't see it if You don't like a simple story that is not flashy or groundbreaking.


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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