Genre: dark comedy, science fiction, political
by Mark Rigney
Directed By Tom Burmester
The Wyatt Pavilion Theatre
Summertime tracks the Kohl family, a nominally successful upper middle class clan dealing with an impending political crisis in which the United States Congress, in its infinite wisdom, has outlawed both medicine and medical practitioners in an attempt to deal with a burgeoning population crisis.
Twentysomethings SUMMER LANE and JESSE KOHL are welcoming a new baby into this inhospitable landscape, while Jesse’s parents, TOM and SARAH KOHL, are grappling with both Tom’s professional irrelevance (he’s a pundit) and Sarah’s slide into paranoid dementia. AUNT PRU, forever ensconced in the family armchair, provides bleak commentary at every turn, even after the arrival of a MEDICAL MALFEASANCE INSPECTOR, who threatens to send the entire Kohl household to prison for daring to try to take care of themselves (using every privileged means at their disposal).
As the outside world falls apart, only Summer rises to the challenge, ditching her sunny, optimistic persona in an all-out war to protect herself and her baby. A dark, hilarious take on the cost of having faith in the system, Summertime takes readers and audiences where we all hope we never have to go.
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