REVIEW: Drive Fast to MTP’s ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ in Pelzer

Myra Greene and Clark E. Nesbitt in DRIVING MISS DAISY.
Photo by Escobar Photography LLC

BY SANDY STAGGS
DRAMA CRITIC

This review may be the shortest I have written in some time, because this play is AMAZING! But not to give short shrift to Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry at the Mill Town Players in Pelzer, below is my assessment:

A MASTERPIECE! A TRIUMPH! ! POWERFUL! CHARMING!

Broadway quality performances by Clark E. Nesbitt as Hoke the affable chaueffer, Myra Greene as widowed matriarch Daisy Werthan, and Bruce Meahl as concerned son Boolie. Flawless, seamless, direction by Greene, Atlanta scenic design and automobiles by Will Ragland, Tony Penna’s gentle lighting, and Nancy Burkard stage managing the production.

This marks the third pairing of Greene and Nesbitt in their rich, textured depictions of these indelible older characters from opposite Jewish and African-American backgrounds who discover common ground, respect and a friendship lasting 25 years. Driving Miss Daisy is a A MASTERCLASS in ACTING.

Their physicality and multi-layered nuances, their age progression, Greene’s heartbreaking, tear-inducing dementia meltdown, Nesbitt’s mocking of Miss Daisy in the front seat, his dialect, and the final image of him feeding her pie at the nursing home.

This production is a testament to a brilliant and lovingly crafted script (Pulitzer well-earned) and the quality of talent in the Upstate – three actors at the top of their craft.

BRAVO!

Drive now to see Driving Miss Daisy through February 13 at Mill Town Players, 214 Lebby Street in Pelzer. Call (864) 947-8000 or visit www.milltownplayers.org.

But not too fast. We spotted two police cars just before the Pelzer city line.

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