Closed 2h 30m
End of Summer
East Village

End of Summer NYC Reviews and Tickets

(10 Reviews)
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Great acting, Clever, Slow, Funny, Intelligent

About the Show

Metropolitan Playhouse presents a rare revival of S.N. Behrman’s 1936 dramedy about a wealthy family finally facing the revolution waiting in the wings.

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Quiet, sometimes lyrical, This is an "old-fashioned" play with a production that supports the writing., The cast is good, some are excellent., There is plenty of lovely grace here.

See it if You like the work of Behrman and enjoy parlor plays depicting a different time. The depiction of class struggle still resonates today.

Don't see it if It's slow and lacking a lot of drama or action. However, its pace is part of charm and what you might expect from a period, parlor piece.

Slow, Dated, Cliched

See it if you like rarely performed old plays about the wealthy in Depression America and how money can influence & destroy your beliefs and passions

Don't see it if you don't like dated, long plays that are more talk than action.

Critic Reviews (3)

October 31st, 2016

"The comedy to be found in 'End of Summer' is of a peculiarly diluted sort, as is the veiled political commentary running through it. The play wants to cast a spell of civilized good humor, but its charm has faded with the years, so much so that at times it barely appears to be about anything at all...It can't be said that the director, Alexander Harrington, has managed to find a meaningful dramatic pattern amid the acres of talk…'End of Summer's' charms prove to be elusive."
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October 22nd, 2016

“Though Harrington’s production is both elegant and polished, he made some serious mistakes in the characterizations. Leonie Frothingham is described as girlish and young; however, she does have a daughter of 20. Erin Beirnard both looks and plays Leonie as though she is herself a teenager. The problem is that the behavior of a teenage girl in a mature woman is totally unacceptable, changing the character relationships.”
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October 15th, 2016

"There is much to praise...The ensemble work is strong...Harrington’s pacing has a delightful musicality...There are a few shortcomings that disrupt an otherwise strong production. Behrman’s script lays out very clear character objectives, but these intentions sometimes disappear, rendering it rather unclear who wants what and why. Moments of line fumbling added to this ambiguity...Kudos to Metropolitan Playhouse for remounting a piece that continues to resonate in a 21st-century context."
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