Last night, Robin and I ventured out to try something we’d not ever done before—attend a performance at a dinner theater where we could enjoy a nice meal followed by a great play. The Five Star Dinner Theatre in Hot Springs was presenting their final performance of “On Golden Pond,” and since we knew the storyline and the lead actors, we thought it might be a fun evening.
About 5:00, we left our home in Hot Springs Village to travel to Hot Springs, where we joined a long string of bumper-to-bumper traffic winding through the historic district while hundreds of early spring tourists milled up and down the sidewalks. However, we still arrived at the theater almost thirty minutes early, so we drove around behind to locate a parking place and waited in our car for a few minutes before entering the building. In the lobby, we paid for our reservations at a concessions stand and then stepped into the semi-darkened room where dinner would be served on linen-covered tables surrounding a small stage.
We spotted our place cards on a table-for-two near the back, close to the long buffet table. I worried about our distance from the stage—Robin has a hearing problem, and even with his hearing aide, he often misses dialogue lines. But the room wasn’t too large, so maybe it wouldn’t be a problem. We ordered two glasses of wine and took our seats.
Porterhouse Grill, the restaurant next door, catered the meal, and they provided a wonderful selection of dishes from which to choose. We did encounter a few glitches—Robin had to fish out all the mushrooms from his salad, and I had selected a piece of pork loin that was a bit dry. But the rest of our dinner was delicious and we enjoyed it. Then we settled back for the play.
That was certainly the highlight of the evening. The entire cast was outstanding! Robin missed a few lines—especially some of the quick punch lines when the audience would laugh before he could catch all the words. But we still had fun identifying with Ethel and Norman Thayer, the old couple whose lives and personalities were portrayed so well by Patsy Slezak and Frank Nilson.
On the way home, Robin and I talked about whether or not our “new adventure” had been worth it. The tickets had not been cheap, and the glasses of wine we bought and the gratuity we left on the table added to the cost as well.
However, we’ve decided that yes, the evening was definitely “worth it.” It was good for us to stretch ourselves—move out of our comfort zone—try something different. We’re just thankful we old timers could muster up the gumption to do it!