Monday, August 13, 2012

Driving Miss Daisy
Senior Housing Options/Barth Hotel

       Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize winning "Driving Miss Daisy" is a play about prejudice, aging, friendship and family.  

     Billie McBride’s performance as Miss Daisy captures all the crotchety racial prejudice of a white suhthuhn matron living in the nineteen-sixties at the top of the show. McBride’s brilliant acting allows those in attendance to see her character shift incrementally from stiff-necked bigotry to dear and vulnerable friend to her African American chauffeur, Hoke. McBride is one of the finest actors in the region. You owe it to yourself to see her outstanding performance.

     Dwayne Carrington’s performance in the role of Miss Daisy’s chauffeur, Hoke has such depth one feels he has known this character all his life. Carrington delivers Hoke’s wisely self-deprecating humor as well as the understated humor directed at Miss Daisy and her son, Boolie, in such a way as to enhance a performance you will long remember.

     As Miss Daisy’s son, Boolie, Sam Gregory turns in a superb portrayal of filial love through the lens of filial exasperation. Whenever Sam Gregory’s name is in the program one knows he is in for an outstanding performance. Whether George in Paragon Theatre’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” or Atticus Finch in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Gregory delivers breathtaking work.

     Director Ashlee Temple paces the evening at a delightfully leisurely suhthuhn pace.

     This is a magnificent evening of theatre that demands to be seen.

Not to be missed.

“Driving Miss Daisy” performs in the historic lobby of The Barth Hotel, 1514 Seventeenth Street in the heart of LoDo.  (The Barth is one of Senior Housing Option’s 14 residences and home to 62 elderly and disabled adults.)  The play opens July 26 and runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm through August 18.  Tickets start at $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 303-595-4464.  

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