Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage Company)
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Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage Company)
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Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage Company) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(143 Ratings)
Positive
90%
Mixed
9%
Negative
1%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Slow, Intelligent

About the Show

This sultry Southern Gothic masterpiece marks Classic Stage Company's first Tennessee Williams production and debut collaboration with the Transport Group.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (143)

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127 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Broken hearts and shattered dreams.

See it if Southern Gothic heartbreakers, Tennessee Williams-style, are your idea of theatre at its best.

Don't see it if you find Williams' dramas, with their simmering passions and unfulfilled lust, more than a little overwrought. Read more

139 Reviews | 20 Followers
100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Epic, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if you enjoy exquisite acting & simple staging. Gorgeous language & emotion with echoes of Orpheus, Streetcar, & short "The Yellow Bird"

Don't see it if you can't sit still & quiet & absorb the language, archetypes, and angst of Williams. It's an emotional workout.

314 Reviews | 52 Followers
97
Absorbing, Must see, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like Tennessee Wilman's plays. This one is a classic. All of the acting was excellent especially Marin Ireland. An honor to see it.

Don't see it if you need to see traditial staging of classic theater. Also din't see it if you need a fast moving play with lots of scenery.

107 Reviews | 26 Followers
95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see a mesmerizing performance from Marin Ireland

Don't see it if You are not a fan of stripped down versions of classics Read more

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506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful

See it if Just to see Marin Ireland act is a magnificent day at theater. She is a star that should not be missed. Nathan Darrow does great as Dr. B

Don't see it if Thrust seating creates problems for some re:sight-lines and hearing. It is always a challenge for a director. Read more

186 Reviews | 53 Followers
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if If you are a fan of Tennessee Williams. Marin Ireland gives a terrific performance.

Don't see it if If you don't care for Tennessee Williams.

86 Reviews | 16 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Must see, Great writing

See it if You want to see this Lesser know Tennessee Williams play with Amazing lead performances. A terrific cast and very talented cast all around.

Don't see it if You only want a fully staged (props, sets) play (this has minimal staging but full costumes) or don’t like Williams. Read more

64 Reviews | 16 Followers
89
Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a Tennessee Williams play with masterful performances. If you want to be profoundly affected.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas that run deeply below the surface or force you to think and consider multiple facets of difficult subjects. Read more

Critic Reviews (34)

The New York Times
May 3rd, 2018

"In the otherwise lackluster revival...Ms. Ireland is riveting as the passionate yet prudish Alma Winemiller...This 'Summer and Smoke' has been scraped too close to the bone...If this 'Summer and Smoke' were performed silently you could still understand the story from her physicalization of Alma’s character...It’s the parsimony of the production that’s at fault, offering little that’s lovely except Michael John LaChiusa’s original music, in an apt neoclassical mode."
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Time Out New York
May 3rd, 2018

"Transport Group’s exquisite version at CSC is strong enough to power a rocket into orbit—and that’s without mentioning the gigantic performance at its center...Marin Ireland plays Alma Winemiller as though the part had been written for her, and as though it had been written yesterday; her Alma is at once radiant and frightening, as heart-stopping as a painting that looks up and catches your eye...These are the drawbacks of a 1948 play...But elsewhere the revival is grand."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 3rd, 2018

"A spare, intelligent, deeply affecting production...The play is verbally lush and at times symbolic to the point of overripeness, but director Jack Cummings III’s light, exacting touch both lifts and elucidates the text...Cummings knows how little fuss-and-stuff a richly layered piece of writing needs to work on stage...Ireland is utterly thrilling as the heart of the production. She’s both a masterful technician and an actor whose emotional presence feels so alive it’s almost dangerous."
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Theatermania
May 4th, 2018

"Smolders with unsatisfied longing thanks to powerful performances and a handsomely pared-down staging...Alma is no shrinking violet as portrayed by the commanding Ireland...She has an instinctual grasp on this character...Darrow plays John with the languid confidence of one who knows he doesn't have to try very hard to be adored...A drama of unexpected richness, 'Summer and Smoke' reaches full bloom in this glorious production."
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BroadwayWorld
May 6th, 2018

"Ireland must be regarded as one of the absolute best actors to regularly grace New York stages...One of the strongest and most engrossing of Williams' not-quite-classics...While the volatile chemistry between Ireland and Darrow is what primarily propels this wondrous production, they're supported by a fine ensemble...A minimalist production that effectively focuses on Williams' words and the captivating performances."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 4th, 2018

"Alma and John circle each other...The characters are vividly realized by Ireland and Darrow...Cummings III handles both his stars with assurance, carefully orchestrating their mutual ensnarement...There are moments when this sleek, emotionally acute production runs aground...Even if this is a sometimes flawed production...the poetry is there, and, thanks to the fine leads, it's an opportunity that anyone interested in this great American playwright would be foolish to miss."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 3rd, 2018

“An emotionally fraught drama about loneliness, suppressed desire and the eternal quest for love in the face of an overwhelming need for sex...The superb Ireland in a performance of heartbreaking intensity and meticulous desperation...Darrow is sensational in an almost impossible role...It's a shame Cumming's oddly directed production isn't as electrifying as its stars and supporting cast...Distractions of Cumming's making pull the audience out of the action and away from the story.”
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New York Stage Review
May 3rd, 2018

"First-rate, top-drawer, A-number-one revival...As the nervous, uncertain, giddy to the verge of frequent hysteria Alma, Ireland gives her best performance yet...Just as astonishing is Darrow as Alma’s counterpart John...Apart from eliciting the courageous performances, Cummings’s notable achievement here is to argue silently that 'Summer and Smoke' is easily comparable to 'The Glass Menagerie' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire.'"
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