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Review: 'On Golden Pond' loses some luster at Palm Beach Dramaworks

Review: 'On Golden Pond' loses some luster at Palm Beach Dramaworks

The final image in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ new production of Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” is a thing of poignant beauty.

Norman Thayer Jr. (John Felix), a retired English professor who has recently turned 80, is standing on the deck of his summer house in Maine. He and his wife, Ethel (Pat Bowie), are in the twilight of their lives and their long, happier-than-most marriage. They gaze through the tall trees to say farewell to their beloved lake, to the calling loons, to a place that has been their seasonal retreat for decades.

Will they return together for a 49th summer at Golden Pond? Norman is dealing with worsening memory issues and a heart that is threatening to fail....

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