While Broadway waits for word on whether Ernest Thompson's Amazons In August will arrive this season, Indiana's Theatre at the Center will offer Thompson's most famous play, On Golden Pond. Heading the cast are veteran Chicago actor Art Kassul and stage/TV star Nanette Fabray. Opening Aug. 14, Pond runs Aug. 13-Sept. 6.
Fabray most recently appeared Off-Broadway in Bermuda Avenue Triangle. Broadway credits include High Button Shoes, By Jupter and Mr. President. Kassul won the very first Jeff Award for his work in The Subject Was Roses and starred opposite Betty Grable in Born Yesterday. Co-starring in Pond are Vivian Davis, Jim Harms, Rudy Hogenmiller and Michael Musser.
On Golden Pond looks at an octagenarian couple facing old age -- not to mention their cynical daughter and her typically boisterous young son.
Golden Pond will be artistic director Gary Giocomo's valedictory at Theatre at the Center; next season Michael Weber will take over. Still on tap for the current season will be Barefoot in the Park (starring Lee Meriwether), Sept. 10-Oct. 4; Home For The Holidays (Dec. 3-20) and Nunsense, Feb. 4-Mar. 7, 1999.
According to new artistic director Michael Weber (reached July 30), the 1999-00 Center season will include the revue Swinging On A Star and Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's comedy/thriller, Getting Away With Murder. For tickets ($22) and information on On Golden Pond at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, call (219) 836-3255.
-- By David Lefkowitz