The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Jan. 29, 1934

Wednesday's Child (by Leopold Atlas; H. C. Potter and George Haight, producers) is a heartfelt, heavily underscored polemic on the sufferings of a sensitive child whose parents flunk in matrimony.* Most effective of its nine scenes is the second, in which Bobby Phillips (Frank M. Thomas Jr.) and his playmates assemble in a debris-littered vacant lot to build a fortress. The precise meaning of the word bastard is the subject of academic discussion which turns personal when Bobby is truculently catechized as to whether his father is the salesman who occasionally...

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