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
Avg Score

Uneven, Excellent lead performance, Minimalist to distraction, Poor staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see one of the best theater performers currently working in nyc (marin ireland is exquisite); good chemistry between leads

Don't see it if you feel that williams' work requires a lush production (minimalism doesn't work here); you'd like to see/hear all that happens on stage

Interesting take on a play rarely done

See it if If u want 2 c a rarely done William’s play acted to perfection. Lead actress fantastic

Don't see it if Do not c if you do not appreciate excellence

Also I have questions in regard to spare set and lack of props .. YES… it m... 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

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.

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.

Also Set on a bare white stage that is, with the exception of a few straigh... Read more Read less

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.

Also I was wow'd by the performances especially by the two leads. I was als... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you're a Tennessee Williams fan and/or love a classic piece of drama.

Don't see it if Southern drama is not your thing.

Also I loved this production and think Mr. Williams would have been pleased... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Uneven acting, Creative

See it if you're interested in seeing a non-traditional interpretation of a masterpiece. Can handle uneven acting - Marin is amazing, the rest...?

Don't see it if you can't stand minimalistic, non-traditional takes on classics. You hate this play and Williams.

Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you relish bare bones productions of difficult material by good casts and wonderful lead performers. The play and the players are it here.

Don't see it if if Tenn. Williams characters don't resonate for you and you need elaborate sets and costumes to create the atmosphere.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You want to be transported by an ephemeral, exquisite, and expressive actress, Marin Ireland. The play is a low-key prelude to Streetcar.

Don't see it if You prefer fast-paced, happy tales.

Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You want to see a really spectacular performance by Marin Ireland. Wow! Michael John LaChiusa's score is very good, as are the other actors.

Don't see it if You like your Tennessee less abstract. This production is very spare, quite abstract and while intimate, sometimes lacks necessary heat.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, A wonderful revival

See it if The brilliance of Tennessee Williams' writing brought to life through the acting of an excellent cast led by the magnificent Marin Ireland.

Don't see it if If you can't deal with no scenery and have no imagination

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you know what's good for you and what's good for you is marin ireland in what is definitely and secretly tennessee williams' best play

Don't see it if you don't like ugly crying in public, you're an actor with anxiety issues who'll fall into a sinkhole at a truly untouchable performance

Also just kidding about that last part see it anyway it's worth the sinkhol... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if You want to see excellent writing and acting combined.

Don't see it if You don't like minimalist stagings (lack of props).

Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're a Tennessee Williams completist. You appreciate good intentions and don't mind inconsistent Southern accents.

Don't see it if You're underwhelmed by adequate acting and unimaginative staging. A wasted opportunity--or maybe just a lesser play.

Must see, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if Marin Ireland's roller coaster performance is not to be missed. Jack Cumming's minimalist staging is exceptionally transparent.

Don't see it if You don't like Tennessee Williams.

Masterful, Sexy, Profound, Great acting

See it if You want to see a masterful production of one of Tennessee Williams' lesser-known masterpieces

Don't see it if You dislike minimalist staging

Also I read this play in college, but I don't feel like I really understood... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you appreciate superb writing, delicate characterizations, painful human situations

Don't see it if you only enjoy action and you lack both patience and compassion

Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if I loved this show because it's extremely clever.

Don't see it if You do have to know your lit, especially Tennessee Williams, Ibsen, and Dickinson.

Great acting, Great writing, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if you love it when Tennessee Williams breaks your heart in the most amazing ways.

Don't see it if The actors mostly mime the props. If you require a beautiful set with your theatre this will disappoint you.

Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Well acted.

Don't see it if Looking for logical behavior.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you love theatre and great acting/directing

Don't see it if there's no reason not to see this

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Fantastic acting in a little seen play. The stripped down production gets to the essence of the writing and lets the superb acting shine

Don't see it if You want a light,fun, evening This is serious, deeply felt stuff.

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if You want to see great acting and thoughtful staging without the distraction of big sets then this is your show. Wonderfully directed!

Don't see it if Need sets and props to spell out what's happening.

During previews
Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Long

See it if you're a Williams fan. Fascinating script, altho room to edit. Marin Ireland sh be a household name! Darrow is quite good, too. Humor/pathos

Don't see it if you dislike Southern eccentrics. A long evening, but not boring. Few props/no scenery; performed in the round. TW's intellig shines thru.

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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