Alhambra’s Driving Miss Daisy

February 12, 2013
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Driving Miss Daisy Alhambra Gala by iames photography

While the play concerns a time in history that many people might prefer to forget, it is a time that is important to remember, as it brought greatly needed changes in civil liberties. Prepare to be amazed by the changes in the actors, which are reflected in their appearance and in the fashions they wear, over the twenty-five year period of the play.

Toward the end of the play, Daisy is in her 90s and both she and Hoke move much more slowly and appear physically aged with the expert use of wigs and makeup. Mostly, Driving Miss Daisy is an extraordinarily funny and heartwarming play.

The set is a portion of a rather large house with minimal but expensive furniture. In several scenes, Hoke takes Daisy driving. Although done in pantomime with two stools near the front of the stage, it is done so well you will feel like you’re riding along with Hoke and Daisy.

All three cast members are veterans of previous performances of this play, and their experience shows in outstanding portrayals. Alhambra Artistic Director Tod Booth fine tuned their talents for the Alhambra’s stage.

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country.

They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.

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