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posted Friday, August 10 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 32
Drive on over to see Miss Daisy
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Drive on over to see Miss Daisy

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

DRIVING MISS DAISY REPERTORY ACTORS THEATRE

Through August 25


An entrancing and beautifully cast production of Alfred Uhry's play about a stubborn older Southern woman forced to accept the services of a chauffeur (who just as stubbornly holds his own with her), Driving Miss Daisy, is currently running at ReAct Theatre.

Each of the three actors, Walayn Sharples as Miss Daisy, Gordon Hendrickson as her son Boolie, and Ekello Harrid Jr. as Hoke, the chauffeur, are solidly centered in their performances and able to add piquant nuance while never overdoing or hamming it up. Everyone is also called upon to age about 20 years through the 90-minute (no intermission) production, and this is also subtly accomplished by director David Hsieh.

The play begins around 1950 in the South, and reflects both the inherent racism of the time and the fact that most people, including African Americans, accepted it and dealt with it as best they could. From our lofty 'post-racial' present, we can easily look down our noses at those times and practices. But this kind of gentle story is an ideal way for those who are younger to experience the era and learn about its attitudes. This points to part of the mission of Hsieh's theater company.

When Daisy has too many accidents to safely drive anymore, her son insists that she hire a chauffeur. Daisy resists mightily, as she dislikes such ostentatious trappings of success. So Boolie decides to go ahead and hire someone himself, and have him (a chauffer was always male in those days) just sit around until Daisy finally breaks down and accepts the help.

He finds Hoke, who has enough experience to warrant hiring and who demonstrates his ability to stick to the job even if Daisy chases him away. Hoke does indeed sit in the kitchen doing nothing for several days until Daisy gives in and lets him drive. Over time, they develop enormous affection for each other and discover they have much in common, such as both having lost their spouses.

The relationship that develops between them, despite the cultural barriers and social expectations of their time, is heartwarming and moving. Sharples and Harrid never get sappy, yet they always let us see the caring beneath the surface. And we see them learn about and appreciate each other.

The versatile yet cleanly simple set by Christopher Mumaw is combined with gentle lighting from Robert Falk and wonderfully quirky sound by Johanna Melamed. My only quibble with this production is its unnecessary attempt to imbue a deeper meaning into the ending by having the actors speak slowly and take long pauses. Aside from that, kudos to Hsieh for filling two difficult roles with talented Seattle actors. For more information, go to www.reacttheatre.org or call (206) 364-3283.

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