Harvardians who wander off to the big city in the interim between last exam and first class will find plenty to amuse and stimulate them in the current crop of Broadway theatrical predictions. Not counting musicals, nor the repertory or limited engagement group, the current season has brought forth five plays of hit proportions, beginning with Kaufman's "Merrily We Roll Along," and climaxed by last Monday's Guild opening of "Escape Me Never," starring Elizabeth Bergner.
But in addition to the few smash hits, for which it is not always easy to obtain tickets without paying a premium, there are a host of good plays, funny plays, thrilling plays, for which tickets are to be had and which are certain to provide a satisfying evening in the theatre.
The most recent of the just-short-of-a-hit plays, which may build into a real smash before many weeks go by, is "Fly Away Home," produced by a new luminary amongst Broadway impressarios. Theron Bamberger, and starring that genial and expansive actor-director. Thomas Mitchell. This opus written by a couple of unknowns and housed the 48th Street Theatre since its opening ten days age, is probably the furriest and certainly the most wholesomely bawdy comedy of the year.
Invited by his ex-wife to her approaching wedding with a young college professor, a middle-aged moneyed, conventional, practical, fatherly father arrives at a summer cottage in Previncetown week before the wedding to get sequined with his children, whom he has not seen for some twelve years. Of children there are four, in various stages of adolescence, tanking from a Princeton freshman down to a stripling of thirteen a whom pirates are still compositions. When his oldest daughter being to quiz him on the sex life of the ear be has brought as a gift, the father begins to suspect something amiss. When he finds his oldest son engaged in an affair with a mercenary Portuguese wench, and his two youngest offspring engaging in heated discussion of Freudian neuroses, he is sure there is something amiss. When he meets the young professor he finds out what it is.
There is probably not a person in New York who could sit through the play without at least one good belly-laugh and half a dozen chuckles, and most of the audience comes pretty close to rolling in the aisles. If you have an evening in New York and want to get your money's worth of entertainment, you can be sure of it at the 48th Street Theatre