daisyArts Club On Tour
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry

Dates and Venue 10 January – 11 February 2014 | Various around the lower mainland, Saltspring and Nanaimo

Reviewer Ed Farolan

The Surrey opening night audience composed mostly of seniors appreciated the actors with a warm applause during curtain call. This Pulitzer Prize–winning play is about the bonding of a Southern matriarch and her chauffeur over 25 years and focuses on how race prejudice can be overcome.

There was a touching moment in the play when Daisy (Nicola Lipman) tells Hoke, her chauffeur (John Campbell) that he's her only friend. I could hear some audience members sniffle and some saying "oohh". Daisy's son Boolie (Brian Linds) also did an outstanding performance as the generous and caring son. However, I didn't see him age in the play. His voice sounded the same from beginning to end.

Lipman was superb as she slowly aged. We see her first as a 72-year old and in the end, she's at a care facility in her late 90s. The same goes for Campbell who ages and starts wearing glasses. I found it, though, difficult to understand his accent. I understand he was trying his best to copy the linggo of the southern black man, but there must be a way to do it and yet come out clear. Morgan Freeman did it in the movie.

This tour of the lower mainland ends this month and will open at the Granville Stage next month on February 13th.

© 2014 Ed Farolan