Driving Miss Daisy

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Alfred Uhry’s poignant Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy was destined to be a bona fide classic the second it hit off-Broadway stages in 1987. How could it avoid that descriptor, with a brilliant playwright as its author and the timeless themes of human dignity, community and kinship as the ties that still bind it to audience’s heartstrings? In performance houses across the globe, brilliant actors have played its two main roles over the years, including Dana Ivey, Vanessa Redgrave, late English star Dame Wendy Hiller and Angela Lansbury as the reluctant, rigid Daisy Werthan—not to mention the Oscar-winning turn by Jessica Tandy in Bruce Beresford’s 1989 film adaptation. Morgan Freeman—who, of course, knocked fire from the screen version—originated the role of elegant, kindly chauffuer Hoke Colburn, followed by masterful takes by James Earl Jones, Treme star Clarke Peters and others.

The Walnut Street Theatre’s new production promises to maintain that tradition of excellence, both in its in-house staging and the national two-month, 29-city tour it’s set to embark on after closing here in early February. Renowned director Bernard Havard (Good People, God of Carnage, ART, etc.) leads a pitch-perfect cast, with Wendy Scharfman starring as Miss Daisy and Johnnie Hobbs Jr. making his Walnut Street Theatre debut as Colburn, the driver hired by Daisy’s son after she accidently wrecks her car. Their mutual journey, set in the racially-roiled South from the late-1940s to the early ’70s, takes them through the emotional hills and valleys of the civil rights movement and Atlanta’s antisemitic sentiments to the promised land of comity, respect and, finally, friendship. / KENYA BEVERLY

Through Feb. 2. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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Walnut Street Theatre , 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 01/14/2014. .

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