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Driving Miss Daisy
a Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Alfred Uhry

COMPANY : Blackwell Playhouse
VENUE : Blackwell Playhouse
ID# 3482

SHOWING : September 04, 2009 - September 19, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights upheaval in the United States. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Wertham, a rich, crusty and sharp-tongued widow of 72, is informed by her businessman son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not favorably impressed with his employer’s patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing, revealing scenes, spanning 25 years and filled with warm humor and glinting insights, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to and more dependent on each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple. Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the ornery old lady, as she teaches him to read and write and , in a gesture of good will and shared concern invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. — which her son declines to attend because it might be bad for business. As the play ends Hoke has a final visit with Miss Daisy, now 97 and confined to a nursing home, and while it is evident that a vestige of her fierce independence and sense of position still remain, it is also movingly clear that both of them have come to realize that they have more in common than they ever believed possible—and times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit.

$18.00 - Adults
$16.00 - Seniors, Students & Military

Box Office: call 678-213-3311 or email us at info@blackwellplayhouse.com


CAST & CREW LIST
Producer John Christian
Director Rob Hardie
Hoke Lou Brock
Daisy Barbara McFann
Boolie Kevin Renshaw
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REVIEWS

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Don't Miss It - Barbara McFann Rocks!
by Zorro-3
Friday, September 11, 2009
NR
This production of "Driving Miss Daisy" is a very tight, near professional-level. Directed by Rob Hardie, who as far as I know has never done a bad show, complete with his signature sound design, including some sound jokes and a very fittin' vintage radio excerpt from "The Open Mind."

Lou Brock (Hoke) and Kevin Renshaw (Boolie) are exactly what they should be, but it's Barbara McFann that makes the show. Her very real, believable interpretation of Miss Daisy was spot on. I had a lump in my throat at the final scene, which as you know if you've seen it before, is a "huge payoff" scene. And does it. Like any Rob Hardie show, this is a definite "don't miss." [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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