What Is the Story of Driving Miss Daisy?
Driving Miss Daisy is the simple yet moving story of the 25-year relationship between Daisy Werthan, a well-to-do Jewish widow in postwar Atlanta, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. At the beginning of the play, Miss Daisy is strenuously opposed to her son Boolie’s notion of hiring a driver, but a car accident has left her uninsurable, so she reluctantly agrees. As the play progresses from 1948 to 1973, we see how these two very different people become each other’s closest companion and confidantes.
Should I See It?
What Is Driving Miss Daisy Like?
The relationships among the three characters—strong-willed Daisy, subservient but smart Hoke and loving, long-suffering Boolie—are the focus in the first Broadway production of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. The stage is almost bare, with a bench and plain wooden chairs serving as Miss Daisy’s various cars. Projections help set the scene within Daisy’s house, Boolie’s office and in scenes around Atlanta. The calling card for this mounting of the play is the chemistry between Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, but the appeal of this very funny play goes beyond star casting.
Is Driving Miss Daisy Good for Kids?
There’s nothing objectionable in the script, but this gentle tale of a relationship between two seniors will not interest young children. The story of Miss Daisy and Hoke might appeal to ages 12 and up, particularly teens with an interest in what Atlanta was like in the years leading up the Civil Rights movement.