Ubiquitous optimism is at times depressing. Nevertheless a diversion from the cynicism and satire of numerous contemporaneous works is not unwelcome. It is, therefore, with considerable enthusiasm that we welcome the "glad girl" back to Boston. The piece is refreshing. Its sincerity is as welcome as it is undeniable. We might even suggest that its presentation is not altogether ill-timed.
The plot is simple at times being almost tedious in its leisurely narration. Particularly is this noticeable in the last act when the entire cast takes a hand in dabbling with anti-climax. Here the situation is perceptibly relieved by Miss Hitz, Pollyanna. Her pleasing effects in this scene come partly through contrast--the charming young woman of the present as compared with the gawky, freckled-faced girl of five years ago. But it is the truly delightful rendering of a distinctly difficult climax which completes the picture. We can not say too much for Miss Hitz' work. She might easily have spoiled the part by a too great reserve or an impetuous exaggeration. Instead her infectious animation gained the sympathy and appreciation of the audience at once. Gracefully flitting on and off the stage, she was easily the outstanding figure.
Miss Clark's servant girl, Nancy, was portrayed in spirited manner with full appreciation for the humor of the part. For some reason Bernard Nedell as John Pendleton assumed an expression suggesting tolerant amusement which he used throughout the evening regardless of the situation.
The company was good. It teamed up well and ably supported the principal roles. One was not under the necessity of constantly remembering that they produced a new play every week and that after all this was the opening performance. It spite of the obvious need for cuts much in the last act could be omitted it was an interesting and colorful performance.