|Lucy Martin & Marvin Bell|
This heartwarming, if somewhat disturbing one act drama, Driving Miss Daisy, is appearing at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Pa, through February 12. Set designer Charles Morgan and Projections designer Stivo Aronczy have created a brilliant background for this tale of the strong bond of friendship and interdependence which develops between Daisy Werthan, (Lucy Martin) and her chauffeur Hoke Colburn (Marvin Bell). After Daisy totals a brand-new car, her son Boolie (Michael Samuel Kaplan) decides that no insurance company will insure her; thus he hires Hoke to drive his mother wherever she wants to go. The fiercely independent Daisy initially resists, but Hoke doesn’t go away and she finally relents. As the play progresses and the two learn about each other’s lives, the projections on the screen above and around them detail scenes from current events and headlines from the daily news. Troubles erupt for Jews and blacks alike and are almost mirror images. As excellent as the acting is (and the performances are incredible as the actors age and mature over a 25 year time span), the sound designer Amy Altadonna deserves special mention for the outstanding effects that are put into this piece. For more information or tickets for this wonderful production, call 215-785-0100, visit online at brtstage.org, or walk up to the box office at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street.