PBS' newest "Wonderworks" presentation, "Taking Care of Terrific," is a bittersweet tale about street people, a trio of middle-class kids and the need for human contact. It airs tonight at 7 on Channels 28 and 50 and at 8 on Channel 15.
Jim Purdy directs with care--the interaction between the youngsters rings true--but Kenneth Cavander's teleplay, based on a story by Lois Lowry, has a few problems with insularity.
Self-sufficient, sensitive 14-year-old Enid (Joanne Vannicola), daughter of two busy professionals, takes frequent breaks from her prosaic world in a nearby park--a place where she calls herself Cynthia, makes sketches of the geese on the lake and talks to a street musician named Hawk (Melvin Van Peebles).
Hawk, a philosopher who plays "Stardust" on the saxophone, could well have been made up by a 14-year-old: This supposedly streetwise adult is as benign as Winnie-the-Pooh.