What I Did Last Summer OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 17, 2015
    Closing:
    June 7, 2015

    Theater: Signature Theatre / 555 West 42nd. St., New York, NY,

    Synopsis: 

    With her husband overseas near the end of World War II, Grace fights to save the splintering bonds of her family by taking her teenage son and daughter to spend the summer on Lake Erie. When her 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.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF What I Did Last Summer

    ‘What I Did Last Summer,’ a Letter of Apology From an Ex-Teenager

    Ben Brantley

    May 17, 2015: Selfish, sullen and sexually short-circuiting, Charlie Higgins is obnoxious in all the ways that 14-year-old boys often are, and then some. Yet redemption surrounds him. Charlie, you see, is the author of the very forgiving play in which he appears, which has a kind word for everyone except poor old Charlie. “What I Did Last Summer,” which opened on Sunday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is a guilty memoir of a play by A. R. Gurney, one of the theater’s leading chroniclers of old-guard American uneasiness. First produced in New York by the Circle Repertory Company in 1983, the play has generally been regarded as a particularly undernourished work from a man who specializes in slender comedies of regret. But the Signature Theater, which mounted this production, has developed a reputation as a home of second chances for wayward and neglected works of theater. And as directed by Mr. Gurney’s frequent collaborator, Jim Simpson, “What I Did Last Summer” turns out to have something more than what many critics first saw.

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