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What I Did Last Summer

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Banal

About the show

With her husband overseas near the end of World War II, Grace takes her teenage son and daughter to spend the summer on Lake Erie. More…

When Grace's son takes up with the town outcast, the entire family must confront the expectations of a society that holds conformity in the highest regard. Grace finds that her attempt to restore normalcy may have only fractured their relationships further, in the second show of A. R. Gurney’s Signature Residency.

Member Reviews (6)


Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Banal
Avg Score

Banal, Cliched, Self-congratulatory, Well-acted, Indulgent

See it if you love ARG's work. I find it dull, and often annoying. WIDLS added special effects (drummer, script projected), but they failed to enliven

Don't see it if you want something fresh. If you like the tried-and-true, this was a perfectly acceptable coming-of-age story, well-acted/competently staged

Also I'm catching up on old reviews. I never get the appeal of AR Gurney. T... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're a fan of A.R. Gurney (it's his best work that I've seen) and you like strong performances.

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays.

Entertaining, Funny, Banal, Cliched, Romantic

See it if You like classic, American coming-of-age stories.

Don't see it if You want something new and weightier.

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like christine nelson - she was excellent - as was the entire cast

Don't see it if you aren't into off broadway so much

Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if you like Gurney's work.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of slow plays that have nothing earth-shattering to say.

Delightful, Absorbing, Clever

See it if interested in small theater. I had seen this show as a first , performed for many but financially I was able to afford this good show only

Don't see it if You have no interest in small theater companies .

May 17th, 2015
"There’s a crudeness in the patterns of conflict and resolution that propel 'Summer' toward its sigh of an ending. Mr. Simpson’s production asks us to consider these shortcomings using the same generous spirit with which Mr. Gurney’s play is written...Because in this rendering, 'Summer' is a play...
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May 17th, 2015
"A playwright is really asking for it when he creates, in a semiautobiographical work, a conflict whose glorious resolution is the writing of the play itself...Alas, it never makes the case that its two halves are even related, let alone that they add up to something important. And if the proof i...
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May 17th, 2015
"Perhaps it’s the wartime, summer-on-Lake-Erie setting, but there’s something cozily familiar about What I Did Last Summer, A.R. Gurney’s 1982 autobiographical coming-of-age drama that’s currently receiving a tender revival...Some call Gurney old-fashioned. But last I checked, there was no expira...
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May 18th, 2015
"Exceptionally engaging...'What I Did Last Summer' is a portrait of the artist as an obnoxious, whiny, demanding, horny, belligerent, mouthy teenage boy, long time ago. Charlie, is the most annoying boy since Neil Simon’s Eugene Jerome. Like Eugene, Charlie’s saving grace is that we know he will...
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