Twilight of the Golds Program
David GoldDavid Kelso
Suzanne Gold-SteinChristine E. Bain
Rob SteinJeff Rank
Phyllis GoldMarlene Gorelow
Walter GoldRobert DeLillo

ProducersRuss & Linda Orr
DirectorJeannette Thomas
Assistant Directorreneé levine
Stage ManagerJaime B. Auckland
Assistant Stage ManagerMerrick Weiner
Stage CrewCassie Holden
Set DesignDiane Tuett
Lighting DesignRuss Orr
Lighting TechnicianKat Vaughan
Sound DesignTom Crenshaw
Sound TechnicianRoger Willoughby
Costume DesignKaitlin Quinn
House ManagersBill & Mary Thomas
PhotographyTony Eisenhower
ProgramNan Katona
PublicityNan Katona
PrintingPoway Printing
TicketsJim Millard
Video TapingJohn Heinen
Set ConstructionRuss Orr, Jeannette Thomas, Diane Truett, Linda Orr, Chara Truett, Bill & Mary Thomas
HospitalityBill & Mary Thomas, Janet Danehy, Ruth Duvall, C'Dale Gross, Nancy Green, Nan Katona, Evelyn Lee, reneé levine, Chris & Brenda Robinson

Christine E. Bain
Director Jeannette Thomas
Jeff Rank
Marlene Gorelow
David Kelso
Robert DeLillo

Poway News-Chieftain

July 30, 1998

Revue by Pat Kumpan, Staff Writer

"The Twilight of the Golds," now being performed at the Poway Performing Arts Company through Aug. 9, digs into a controversial subject -- genetic testing of an unborn child -- and what the consequences are.

The theory that DNA testing reveals imperfections is discussed later in the play, and although it sounds very scientific, the outcome breaks all emotional barriers. For the close-knit Gold family, nothing will ever be the same.

With a much-to-do-about-everything attitude, the close-knit Gold family hovers over life's ups and downs with good intentions. For son-in-law Rob Stein, played with proper coolness and distance by Jeff Rank, the Golds' closeness is meddling and often stifling. Being pulled into the Golds' inner sanctum doesn't leave him with much breathing room.

Stein's job as a scientist and lack of closeness with his own family contrasts with the Golds' openness. Meanwhile, Christine E. Bain pours every emotion into being Rob's wife, Suzanne Gold-Stein.

As the Golds -- Phyllis, Walter and son David -- meet in the Steins' apartment for a family outing, Rob talks about his company's breakthrough experimentation with DNA testing, which could foreshadow genetic, as well as behavioral problems, by testing ammiotic fluid.

The idea of genetic decoding brings up all sorts of ethical questions, say the Golds, who try not to dwell too seriously on the subject.

"we could have taught suzanne to hate shopping," they quip.

"imagine a world without disease," counters Rob.

"imagine a world without critics," counters David.

Uncomfortable with the conversation, Suzanne blurts out she's going to have a baby. Although it's great news for everyone, the outburst further divides Rob from the Golds.

Refusing to join the group for dinner at a local restaurant, Rob corners his wife and asks angrily, "shouldn't i have been the first toknow?"

As the couple tries to adapt to the thought of being first-time parents, Rob suggests his wife use the DNA testing his company has developed, and Suzanne agrees.

Talking about the outcome of the test would spoil it for future playgoers, but the results and the decision are truly heart-wrenching.

In a tender plea, Christine's brother David, played by David Kelso, has a one-on-one meeting with his sister to beg her to reconsider, or at least to delay her decision.

In this scene Kelso shines, as he measures love, sensitivity and the heartbeat of a brother who cares for a sister faced with a weighty dilemma.

Christine is swayed temporarily by his plea, but later proceeds with her initial decision.

The subject matter of "twilights of the golds" is not for the faint of heart, but it is approaced with sophistication, and, as usual, is delivered with professional aplomb by PowPAC Thespians and is worth seeing.

Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 9 at 13250 Poway Road, in the Lively Center in Poway. For ticket information and reservations, call 679-8085.