Monday, September 12, 2011

on golden pond translates good theatre for all ages

I would recommend highly seeing GEVA's production of "On Golden Pond." Thirty years ago the movie intrigued me as a mere "youngster," but at mature age it spoke beautiful life messages to me mingled in with so much laughter that the two hour plus play embraced every aspect of my senses.

Veteran actor Kenneth Tigar knows Norman Thayer Jr. from the inside out and plays him like a violin — one minute we are concerned about his memory lapses and physical frailty, the next we are blown away with his tart-tongued conversational volleys — especially his verbal skewering with the dentist (a convincing Larry Bull), who actually earns Norman’s respect with a well-placed speech.
Beth Dixon played Ethel Thayer, and she brought her own feisty characterization to the role. I was right there with her in some of her comebacks, too.

There were thoughts for those younger in the audience as well. Many are taking care of elderly parents, and could look at the play from a different perspective. Chelsea  reminded all of us of taking on challenging relationships with our parents and repairing them before it is too late.  Young Billy engaged with Norman bringing vitality and friendship to a new, strong level of hope.

As per every GEVA play the sets were outstanding, and I WAS on golden pond for an afternoon!

When: Through Oct., with this week’s shows at at 6 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd.
Cost: Tickets start at $25.
Information: (585) 232-4382 or go to gevatheatre.org.