Already closed | 2h 30m | East Village

Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage Company)

From 143 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, the local minister’s daughter walks the line between piety and sensuality with the neighborhood doctor who grew up next door.

2h 30m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (143)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Slow, Intelligent
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Absorbing, Slow, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if Williams' slow burn Gothic romance is performed to the hilt by Ireland & Darrow Emotionally overwritten (naturally) but never overblown

Don't see it if Cummings' minimal staging takes a lot of patience but pays off Forces audience to strip down as emotionally as the leads

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.

Also imaginary props,.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting

See it if Opposing morals clash like the tension between body and soul and the inner and the outer you. Great spartan prod w/ concise acting by leads.

Don't see it if Bare stage forces the imagination and focuses concentration. No lighting changes for 2.5 hrs. My head hurts. Marin's tics consume 2nd act.


See it if You like everything mimed - pretend drink, pretend pill, etc. You like long talky plays that run 2 hours 40 minutes.

Don't see it if You expect a program before the show to help understand who is who. You expect scenery to help understand where the scene is.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You are a Tennessee Williams fan - simmering love & family obligations in Mississippi. Marin Ireland & a stellar cast!

Don't see it if You do not like a slow, unfolding Southern drama. Characters are typical church goers v sinners. Very sexy implications. Minimal set.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love great stage writing, Williams is the best

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slow southern drama

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you love Tennessee Williams & Southern drama , Marin Ireland (a very amazing performance), minimalist staging

Don't see it if don't like minimalist staging - even though this was at CSC it was even more minimalist than Mr. Doyle (it was not directed by him)

Also As a solo show by Ms. Ireland I would have given this a 90+ but it was... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Intense

See it if See great acting in a not well-known Tennessee Williams play. Two really committed performances.

Don't see it if Not a lot of action happens so it may not be for some looking for pure entertainment only.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Romantic

See it if You think any Williams is better than no Williams , and want to see 2 performances that make a case for even a lesser work

Don't see it if You want action rather than thought , go to a musical

Also Awkward staging including obstructed view seats in a space that should... Read more Read less

Resonant, Slow, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are a Williams fan -- the language is terrific. You want it see a fine performance by Marin Ireland. She is great.

Don't see it if Need splash and sizzle.

Great acting

See it if Tennessee Williams. First-class actors, led by Marin Ireland. Minimalist.

Don't see it if Focus on language and the movement of the person...can be both engaging and distracting.

Absorbing, Intense, Edgy

See it if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams & haven't seen this play. As with many Classic Productions, I left feeling something was missing.

Don't see it if if you do not want to see one of William's less powerful plays & one, where as always, the woman is the loser

Bad direction and staging of a fine cast

See it if an interestingly complex play, well acted but poorly staged and directed won't drive you crazy. Really a fine Williams play rarely seen.

Don't see it if Mumbled Southern accents from actors positioned poorly with their backs to the audience often in a poorly staged production will annoy you.

Great writing, Slow, Ultra-minimalist, Irritating, Frustrating

See it if you think even second-tier Tennessee Williams plus a riveting leading lady will make up for a dreadful hyper-minimalist production.

Don't see it if you don't like productions that seem designed to attract attention to the director rather than reveal ANYTHING about the play itself.

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.

Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like Tennessee Williams. While I'm not a fan, the performances, particularly Marin Ireland's, are top notch.

Don't see it if Want a big production with sets--this is more like a staged reading.

Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you are at all interested in Tennessee WIlliams; you want to see an amazing actor at work [Ireland].

Don't see it if It's a more minor Williams; it's sad, though there are comic moments. The staging is artificially - annoyingly - minimalist.

Great acting, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if marin ireland and nathan darrow were great. i was happy to see a production of this lesser tennessee williams play.

Don't see it if the set and supporting cast left a bit to be desired.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You love Tennessee Williams writing. Brilliant performances.

Don't see it if You don't love Tennessee Williams and plays about the sadness of human interaction.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a well acted play with minimal set.

Don't see it if You don't like great acting. Especially by the lead actress. This is Tennessee Williams done right.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Minimalist, Sexy

See it if You want the chance to see a compelling production of a lesser known Tennessee Williams play, featuring great acting.

Don't see it if You dislike minimalist sets, mime instead of props, and an unfortunate dose of racial stereotyping.

Also I found this production engrossing, as it focused on the words and emo... Read more Read less

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

Also I can’t say praise this production enough. The stripped down set reall... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You wanna see some amazing performances and some good poetry

Don't see it if Bit racist with the Mexicans as dark self-hating, criminals. I get why Williams would write that, but why are we honoring that racism?

Also Besides a group of really talented theatre practitioners wanting to do... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You want to see a fascinating early Williams play featuring version 0.1 of Blanche and Maggie and.....

Don't see it if You want realistic and linear direction. This is definitely a strange staging.

Also Williams is a hothouse flower. This icy and cold setting of the play i... Read more Read less

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’...
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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 i...
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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...
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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 ...
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