Sunday, August 20, 2017

On Golden Pond
Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre: Through Aug. 26
Jan Cleveland and Ken Street (Photo credit: Solar Radiant Photography)

In 1981 Ernest Thompson adapted his play, “On Golden Pond” for the screen. Katherine Hepburn received the Oscar for Best Actress.  Henry Fonda got the Oscar for Best Actor.
     In a nutshell “On Golden Pond” gives us Norman and Ethel Thayer’s 49th summer vacation at their cottage on the lake. The couple is still dealing with all the issues that arise with having a family as they take on all the vicissitudes of growing older.
     Making the role her own, Denver favorite Jan Cleveland is luminous as Ethel. Ken Street lends a reality to hilariously cranky Norman that makes us wish he were onstage much more often.
     Their daughter, Chelsea, who’s still working through childhood issues with daddy, is portrayed skillfully by Molly Killoran.
     Luke Rahmsdorff-Terry adds great good humor and lots of laughter to the role of Charlie, Chelsea’s childhood sweetheart.
     Benji Dienstfrey’s animated portrayal of Chelsea’s fiance’s son, brings up memories of his celebrated work as Billy’s cross-dressing friend, Michael, In Vintage Theatre’s critically acclaimed  production of “Billy Elliott.” 
     Andy Anderson, whose awesome work as Billy’s father in that same production, endears in the thankless role of Bill Ray,Chelsea’s fiancĂ©.  
     Directed by the tirelessly creative,Bernie Cardell, it’s no wonder this evening of theatre is so enjoyable!
     Hurry to get your tickets! The run ends next weekend!

Lowry's Spotlight Theatre
“On Golden Pond” 
The heart-warming love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer and their long life together.
July 29-Aug 26
Fri/Sat & Mon., Aug. 7 at 7:30.p.m, Sun. at 2 p.m.
720-530-4596 or
The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230
Free parking.