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

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you're a student of theatre. An oft-forgotten Tennessee Williams play full of well-rounded characters. Beautiful performances by all actors.

Don't see it if you don't want to see fabulous performers make a meal of Williams' words. Transport Group's stripped-down staging makes text more engaging

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Spare

See it if you've never seen S& bears the hallmarks of a Tennessee Williams play.

Don't see it if you require elaborate production's all about the play here.

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if You have an appreciation for good actors who are masters of the English the language.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for two and half hours of talking with very little actual action.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a stellar, minimalist production of a lesser-known play by a well-known playwright with brilliant, engaging performances.

Don't see it if you don’t like minimalist stagings of classic works. This play requires focus from its audience, but it’s worth it.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see this not-often-staged work by Williams.

Don't see it if if you are looking for something edgy or want something fast-paced.

Also I've liked Transport Group's stripped-down versions of 20th Century pl... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like Tennessee Williams' other works and thought-provoking dramas.

Don't see it if you are looking for elaborate set productions or light entertainment.

During previews
Disappointing, Poorly staged, Mediocre

See it if you prefer a bare stage without props in which the actors pretend they are holding fans and talking on the phone.

Don't see it if you are expecting a professionally produced or directed play.

Also The actors were great, doing their best, but nothing about the product... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate Tennessee Williams.

Don't see it if You don't like a small theater.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You want to get absorbed in really good story telling with developed characters.And Marin Ireland is just fabulous

Don't see it if you want a fast paced show with a lot of action

During previews
Great writing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if If you're a Tennessee Williams completionist, and have never seen the play before

Don't see it if You don't like minimalist productions. The set consists of a floor, ceiling, two paintings, and six chairs. There aren't even any props...

Also I'm a big Tennessee Williams fan, and have seen excellent work in the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You enjoy Williams and like shows that are equal parts comedy and drama.

Don't see it if You don't care for melodrama or minimalist design.

During previews
Profound, Intense, Exquisite, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if You are a Williams fan and want to see the best female character he had ever written being brilliantly acted out.

Don't see it if You are not keen to domestic melodramas, or find the hyper-minimalistic stage too confusing

During previews
Slow, Great acting, Dated, Great staging

See it if you're a lover of Tennessee Williams who also loves shows set in the South.

Don't see it if you're on the fence about Tennessee Williams, don't like (bad) Southern accents, and are hoping for a happy ending.

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Engaging performances, unusual staging, moving development of williams themes

See it if If you enjoy excellent acting and poetic writing

Don't see it if you aren't moved by Williams' perceptions about the struggle to define oneself

During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if An avid T. Williams fan, I've seen S&S several x before. CSC's 2 leads were exceptional, and I think truer to the play than others or film.

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

During previews
Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to see Williams text without judgement- no melodrama, a performance built on depth of character. Also Marin Ireland!!

Don't see it if You you crave a big fancy set and don't have time to sit through a long show (although it moves at an expert pace)

During previews
Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if Underrated Williams by an underrated company with a terrific lead.

Don't see it if Why no props?

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You would like to see a great American play reimagined by stripping everything away but the words, and a masterful actress.

Don't see it if I am recommending this to everyone. Only teenagers who are not theatre kids would not be interested.

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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