The Theater: Slew Play in Manhattan

Blue Denim (by James Leo Herlihy and William Noble) embeds a troubled teen-age sex drama inside a sociological roundwork. The going-on-16 son of fond but unhelpful parents, Arthur Bartley (Burt Brinckerhoff) takes refuge, when at lome, in a basement hideaway, in a world of beer and draw poker with a pal, of fledgling sex with a professor's daughter. The girl becomes pregnant. Arthur tries to signal to his parents but cannot, then uses a forged check to pay for an abortion. In a suspenseful last act, everything suddenly comes out well—in fact, a little too much so.

Blue Denim is twin-burner drama:...

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