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Elliot Norton Reviews; On Golden Pond


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Elliot Norton Reviews
On Golden Pond
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Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

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Elliot Norton interviews actors Ford Rainey and April Shawhan about their lead roles in On Golden Pond at the Trinity Square Repertory Theater in Providence, RI. The play is about the aging, cranky, Norman Thayer (Rainey) and his wife, Ethel, who learn about themselves and each other during a summer vacation on a lake in Maine. They discuss Thayer’s rocky relationship with his only child, Chelsea (Shawhan). Rainey talks about how much harder it is for a father to have a relationship with a daughter than with a son, and the lack of plays that discuss this relationship, aside from The Philadelphia Story. They discuss why the father and daughter do not get along and part of it has to do with the fact that they are too alike. Shawhan compares this to her relationship with her own father. They discuss how Thayer deals with his impending death and continues to fight rather than lay down and wait for death to come.

Director: Russ Fortier. Taped 12/16/1980.

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
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