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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
Add Phil Holmer to that ever-growing list of directors willing to present their own interpretations of Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond." He now has his version of the 1979 drama on stage at the Riverside Community Players Theater and Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky says it is definitely a worthwhile work.
Sokolsky calls veteran performers Don Hudson and Deborah W. McFatter the principal reasons for that with their carefully etched portrayals of an elderly married couple visiting their vacation home for what may be the last time.
He is a classic Archie Bunker type, snarling, racist and uncomfortably funny. She is the perfect balance for him and both handle their roles in a near ideal manner.
Holmer has backed them with a solid cast whose members have their own good moments.
The play has gone through a number of twists and subtle changes over the years and this production is no exception. But Sokolsky credits the presentation with keeping the essence of Thompson's theme.
Episode Date: November 14, 2008