Summer 1976 is Brilliantly Acted but Still Falls Short

April 26, 2023, 1:04.52 am ET  

Photo: Joan Marcus                                                                                       

Brian Scott Lipton

“People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person,” starts a famous, anonymously written poem. Admittedly, these lines (and that life situation) are something almost all of us can relate to -- a fact that playwright David Auburn seems to be counting on in our reaction to his less-than-satisfying two-hander “Summer, 1976,” now debuting at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Continue reading...


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