Driving Miss Daisy

Tuesday, August 20 th, 2019 at 00:08 am 


Set against a backdrop of changing world events between 1948 and 1973, a fiesty Southern widow and her proud but soft-spoken black chauffeur journey from suspicion and mistrust to respect and a deep-rooted affection.


Driving Miss Daisy is a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Alfred Uhry.  And I thought it was written earlier than it was, it’s only about 20 years old, it was written in 1987 and won the Pulitzer in 1988, and somehow it seems more dated than that.  But it stars the terrific Vanessa Redgrave with James Earl Jones and also Boyd Gaines.  This is really Vanessa’s show and she makes the most of it.  She is just sublime and James Earl Jones — you know to be quite honest I think he’s always been a presence rather than an actor and he has that great booming voice.  But it’s really Vanessa’s show and she’s wonderful, and Boyd Gaines also was wonderful as the son.  This is just watching people who are really good actors at the top of their form so I’d give it four stars.