Youths Help Rear Parents in Civic Play
'Fly Away Home' Provides Excellent Fun; Cast Well Chosen.
Local movies this week are for the most part, pretty serious business. But the Civic Theater is giving an antidote to blundered orders and thwarted love in the form of "Fly Away Home," which will be administered through Wednesday.
It's a thouroughly mad and enjoyable bit of froth from the pen of Dorthy Bennett and Irving White on the problems of modern children in bringing up their parents. The children in the case are a mixed quarted: Corey, 19; Linday, 18; Buff, on the brink of her teens, and Harmer, a bit younger.
We find them summering in Provincetown as the play opens, awaiting the second marriage of their mother, whom they call Nan, to a forward-looking, idealistic professor of anthropology, Armand Sloan, They're also awaiting the arrival of their father, James, who spearted from Nan some 10 years before.
It takes three acts for him to subdue the wild horde somewhat, and to win Nan back. Meanwhile he's getting a second semester course in the facts of life from his precocious offspring. How he punctures the professor's laboratory psychology can not but tickle the self-esteem of representative bourgeoisie. At least it did that to this reviewer.
The play gets excellent treatment from the players. The children especially are good. They are, in the parts of the above characters, Keith Ruddell, Emily McNab, Sheila Boyle and Edwin Cavanagh--all, we understand, making their "debuts," and in grand style. (By J. Q. T.)