By Alfred Urhy,
As the grand finale of its fifth anniversary season, Good Theater is proud to present this Pulitzer Prize winning classic starring Willi Burke and Drama Desk Award nominee George Merritt. Also starring local actor Michael Kimball. Good Theater is also pleased to announce that Tony Award winner Christopher Akerlind will design the lighting for Driving Miss Daisy. Good Theater audiences won't want to miss this exciting classic play.
GOOD THEATER DELIVERS SUPERB 'MISS DAISY'
By April Boyle, Maine Sunday Telegram 5/20/2007
The Good Theater's artistic director, Brian P. Allen, has assembled a superb cast to bring Alfred Uhry's heart-warming production to life. Broadway stars Willi Burke and George Merritt are Daisy and Hoke. The two have an unmistakable chemistry that gives emotion, depth and humor to the production.
Burke is dynamic as the sharp-tongued Daisy. She delivers a believable performance that captures both the character's feisty independence and inner insecurities. Her performance is also note-worthy for her impressive ability to convey the passage of time. Burke seems to age in front of the audience's eyes, becoming more stooped, labored and frail as the play goes on.
Merritt delivers a strong performance as Hoke. Like Burke, he is believable in the role. He makes the audience feel his character's kind-hearted, yet strong-willed nature. His facial expressions tickle the funny bone. And his imposing build and booming baritone voice lend a perfect contrast to Burke's delicate frame.
"Driving Miss Daisy" also features a delightful performance by Michael Kimball as Boolie. Kimball pours on the Southern charm.
"Driving Miss Daisy" is a classy way for the Good Theater to end a successful season. Check out this high-caliber cast and crew for yourself.
DRIVING MISS DAISY
by Scott Andrews, The Forecaster, 5/23/2007
Good Theater offers a wonderfully moving, fully professional production with two Broadway stars in the key roles. The title character, Daisy, is played by Willi Burke, who has appeared in many Broadway roles. Hoke, her drive, is portrayed by George Merritt, and equally experienced Broadway veteran. Under the direction of Brian P. Allen, there's a magical chemistry between the two that permeates the whole theater. A tertiary role is ably played by Maine actor Michael Kimball.
Driving Miss Daisy
Directed by Brian P. Allen
Miss Daisy - Willi Burke
Hoke - George Merritt
Boolie - Michael Kimball
Lighting Design - Christopher Akerlind
Set Design - Janet Montgomery
Costume Design - Jodi Ozimek
Technical Director/Sound Design - Stephen Underwood
Assistant Technical Director - Craig Robinson
Stage Managers - Adam Gutgsell and Natasha Mieskowski
* Member Actors' Equity Association