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Stage Review

Strong trio has jolly time in pleasant ‘Holiday’

Comedy of manners shows age at times, but also sparkles

Philip Barry’s comedy “Holiday” features a vivacious young woman who resists her wealthy family’s unimaginative expectations. The 1938 film version was a star vehicle for Katharine Hepburn, and in the Wellesley Summer Theatre Company’s current production, Angela Bilkic lights up the stage every time she appears.

Bilkic is part of a strong trio that includes Lewis Wheeler as a sincere suitor and Marge Dunn as the object of his affection, but this production has some dead spots, partly a result of staging that creates too much distance between characters, and partly a result of the play’s age.

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