Sunday, July 30, 2023

Review Highlights: ON GOLDEN POND - Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Barbara McBain and Joe Musil
Photo by Stephanie Cartwright

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through September 2

"Ernest Thompson's play On Golden Pond (is) fairly predictable, it's also a rich and amusing comedy full of dramatic moments and identifiable characters and situations...Under Diedra Celeste Miranda's warm, thoughtful, and clear direction, the cast all excel, especially Joe Musil as Norman and Barbara McBain as Ethel. With a sharp, deadpan delivery, perfect comic timing that gets big laughs from each of Norman's witty lines, and a warmth in the character that changes as he encounters the teenage Billy and comes to have an understanding with Chelsea, Musil is practically perfect as the irritable, curmudgeonly, and set in his ways Norman. As Ethel, McBain may not have as showy of a role, but the connection she has with Musil creates a realistic depiction of the strong bond this couple has after being together for almost 50 years. ...may be a relatively simple story with a fairly predictable outcome, but it has situations and characters that many will recognize and identify with."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

"the play has retained a long shelf life, in large part due to the success of the eponymous film for which Thompson wrote the screenplay and for which he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1981. Add to that a series of memorable performances by superstars and you have a winner! In an otherwise pleasant production, seasoned with flashes of humor and sentimentality, the play thrives around the solid performances of Joe Musil as Norman Thayer, Jr. and Barbara McBain as his wife Ethel. The two veterans of Valley theatre enjoy a palpable chemistry that infuses the play with special moments of tenderness and sharp-witted banter."  - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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