Those of us who remember Arthur Hammerstein as the producer of "The Firefly" and "High Jinks" were somewhat disappointed in the production of "You're in Love" last evening. Yet it is unquestionably a good musical comedy--fully as good as the average we have had in Boston this season. The dialogue is unusually clever and witty, and then is a semblance of a plot. The most out standing feature of the production is the excellent and attractive chorus. In this Hammerstein has shown some originality and considerable skill. The staging of the play could hardly be improves upon and the scenery shows real talent and appreciation of theatric effect. But here we stop.
There are no musical "hits" in the piece; the singing is of mediocre calibre and the principals could hardly be called attractive by any acting is done by Al Roberts as "Mr. Wix" and by Florine Arnold as "Mrs. Payton." Richard Talber and Marie Flynn also show possibilities, but they have been prevented from doing their best work either because of the limitations of their parts or because of injudicious coaching.
The music reminds one strongly of "High Jinks"--so strongly, in fact, that one is tempted to hint at plagiarism. But this is rather to the credit of "You're in Love" than otherwise. The only twains that have the slightest chance of becoming "popular" are "You're in Love" and "Loveland." These are easily above the average of most musical comedies, but they will hardly stand comparison beside--"Very Good Eddie for example.
The scenery gives ample proof that musical comedy "sets" do not have to be conventional, or designed by Joseph Urban in order to be successful, and, as I have remarked before, the chorus is well worth seeing. It is a play for which you do not regret having paid the price of admission, but you hesitate before re-commending it to your friends. In other words it is an "average" musical comedy.