Mary Young, long a favorite with Boston audiences, scored a triumphant return to the local boards in the Friday opening of "Post Road", the Wilbur Steele-Norma Mitchell comic mystery which enjoyed a seven months New York run last season. First night attention centered largely on Miss Young's performance which was invested with a good amount of her gracious charm and gentle humor.
The play is an absorbing mystery drama with a strong vein of humor. The quiet Boston Post Road home for tourists operated by Emily Madison(Miss Young) is whipped onto a whirlwind of activity by the precipitate arrival of a doctor, a nurse and a girl apparently on the verge of maternity. The doctor takes charge of the household explaining that the girl is a member of a prominent family and that the affair must be carried off with complete secrecy. Things go smoothly until a few days later when the radio becomes alive with reports of an infant-kidnapping. The mysterious coming and going of the doctor and nurse take on an added significance and Emily Madison determines to get at the bottom of the matter. Contact with the infant brings out her latent mother-urge and when the alleged mother breaks under the tension and runs off, Emily decides to keep the child as her own.
The suspense is skillfully maintained as the play builds to a clever denouncement elucidation of reportorial custom places outside the limits of this review.
"Post Road" adds to the rapidly growing Boston drama menu an item deserving the attention of all mystery lovers.