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At the Wilbur


With the New Yorker already entrenched as the contemporary theatre's most prolific source of material for successful comedy, behold "Junior Miss," starring Sally Benson's Graves family, and most particularly their thirteen-year-old Judy. Uncle Max Gordon has picked another winner this time, for here is the most continually rollicking play of the Boston season--"laff-riot" being the term which springs to mind.

Judy Graves, of course, is the little girl of decisive action and fertile imagination who, virtually single-handed, has most of the principals behind the eight-ball at the end of the second act. By eleven o'clock, however, aided by a dash of fortuity, she stumbles upon the happy ending before stepping out to her first dance.

Patricia Peardon gives a thoroughly unaffected, disarming performance as Judy, while Moss Hart's direction pries every possible giggle and snicker out of the script. Gravel-voiced Lenore Lonergan as Judy's bosom pal, Fuffy, and sister Lois's motley crew of boy friends, draw several of the deeper belly laughs. Everyone at the Wilbur, on either side of the footlights, is having a wonderful time this week, but hurry over there before "Junior Miss" leaves Saturday for a long stay in New York.

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