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Driving Miss Daisy

a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Alfred Uhry

COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 4361

SHOWING : October 12, 2012 - October 27, 2012

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. A warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. A long-run Off-Broadway success and an Academy Award-winning film.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Karen Worrall
Original Music Mark W. Schroeder
Daisy Judith Beasley
Hoke Nat Martin
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Daisy, Daisy, Give Me Your Answer True
by playgoer
Saturday, October 27, 2012
4.5
Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" is a perennial favorite in metropolitan Atlanta's theatre Community. Centerstage North is producing a version that keeps true to the well-known script without adding significant directorial distractions.

The story is strong, as are the performances. Daniel Rich, as Boolie Werthan, and Nat Martin, as Hoke Colburn, give pretty much what is expected in their roles, letting the well-written characters come to life. Judith Beasley, in the title role of Daisy Werthan, gives a little bit more. Her line readings and reactions get to the heart of the character in charming (if irascible) fashion. She is fully believable in the role, aging nicely with the changing of a wig and a developing tremor.

The set, designed by Steve Worrall, makes use of the wide Art Place stage by placing Miss Daisy's living room stage right, Boolie Werthan's office desk stage left, and two chairs acting as car seats at center. Action moves smoothly from one location to another, with Thomas Marshbanks' lighting design focusing the action.

The original score by Mark Schroeder provides nice continuity between the numerous scenes, setting the tone of the show with a bluegrassy feel and moving the story along. Christmas music selections add to the humor of a couple of scenes near the act break.

Director Karen Worrall doesn't provide consistency in prop use. Some things, like car doors and trunk, are mimed, while others are physically present. This isn't necessarily confusing. The only distracting point, I thought, was having Boolie use his physical office phone when he was supposed to be talking from home.

The plot of "Driving Miss Daisy" is perhaps too well-known from the movie version and frequent local productions to allow for surprises in the show being presented at Centerstage North. That's too bad, for the production points up all the twists in the story with humor and clarity. With Judith Beasley as Miss Daisy, this is a "Driving Miss Daisy" to remember.
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