According to Kerr in the New York Herald-Tribune, the Play concerns "a delicately written relationship between a self-conscious, proud youngster who guesses—correctly—that her not-quite-bright mother was never married…There is a troubled, only reluctantly hostile relationship between a boy who thinks of himself as 'more the writer type' and the ambitious but ineffectual parents who want to urge him toward better things… As the boy and girl, both of them outcasts in the high-school world of prom dates and grapevine rumors, stumble upon one another and slowly find their ways toward dignity, open affection and some sort of identity. TEACH ME HOW TO CRY leafs over a good many attractive memory-sketches…Patricia Joudry, who wrote the play…has done honorably by most of her characters… it is everywhere marked by talent." Though the boy and girl are separated by their parents who refuse to acknowledge one another's worth, the vital steps to maturity have been taken and through their love for each other they emerge as important people.
Produced at the Theatre de Lys, one of New York's most important Off-Broadway theaters. "TEACH ME HOW TO CRY…is the pleasantest item the Theatre de Lys has put on display in several months…a lot of tenderness." —NY Times.