In addition to the blues response, the title of Claude McKay's 1928 novel is used in the boys' answer to the hostility they find in the white neighborhood, Let's go home to Harlem." The play closes with an ironic inversion of the East side and West side locales from the popular tune The Sidewalks of New York: 'Up Town, Downtown, All Around the Town.'66 Although a simple, lighthearted skit, Young As We Is presents a number of issues relating to black youth and urban street labor during the 1930s.
The financial matters of the Harlem Suitcase Theatre are indicated in various bills such as "Expenditures--Harlem Suitcase Theatre", which Hughes submitted. In Hughes "Statement to Harlem Suitcase Theatre--Initial Expenditures", the costs for the musical director, stage, lighting equipment, sound effects, costumes, props, publicity and miscellaneous items totaled $200.49.