Thursday, November 17, 2011

Driving Miss Daisy.

These days we rarely go to the theatre, partly a function of the relative cost compared with cinema and partly a matter of preference. There have been exceptions, more so in the past than now, to see some of the greats such as Gielgud and Guinness, James Stewart, Mickey Rooney and Anne Miller et al. The reason for going to see this film was that it is the only chance to see the great James Earl Jones on stage. While he was good in the role of Miss Daisy' chauffeur, the truly outstanding performance was that of Vanessa Redgrave as Miss Daisy. She, like Jones, is well past the age of retirement,
(he is 80, she 74) but she gave a performance of such bravura excellence that it was a true privilege to watch. Only a short play, some 80 plus minutes with no interbal, but one that will be remembered.

1 comment:

pppatty said...

well said -- Redgrave was amazing