This moving and compassionate play concerning the problem of communications between the younger and older generations was saluted by the critics as a work of stature and uncommon insight. The juveniles are not delinquent and the parents are not heartless or uncaring; the trouble stems from the fact that they simply do not speak each other's language. A retired army officer living in Detroit has a 15 year old son who finds that he is about to become a father. The youngster feels helpless; he has never been close enough to his parents to go to them for help. When he does, at a friend's urging, he cannot make himself understood. This simple yet universal situation encompasses the terrible insecurity of youth, and the equally terrible failure of parents who realize too late that they don't know their own children.
"Blue Denim is original; in the last act it is overwhelmingly dramatic." - New York Times