The Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh (JTOP) production of Afred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy,” is entering its final week.
The Pulitzer Prize Winning play, written by Uhry in 1987, is the story of an unlikely friendship between an elderly Jewish women in Atlanta and her Black driver. The friendship evolves and comes of age with the Jim Crow South and the Civil Rights movement as backdrops.
For some theatergoers, the production has meant more that one might imagine.
“I saw the play opening night,” said Al Smolover, a patron of the JTOP. “When you are elderly, which I am, and when you are totally blind, which I am, and when you go to the theater, it’s always a challenge. You can’t see the sets or the people. But the actors [in ‘Driving Miss Daisy’] made everything come alive.
“If someone who is handicapped all of a sudden finds that the handicap is no longer there — even for a short period of time — it gives that person a new breath of life.”
Said Flora Lee Katz, who also saw the show, “It was a grand performance. The content of the show is excellent and the acting was outstanding.
“I wish we could get more of the community to see it and support it. This is the kind of show a family could take their children to see.”
Allan Zeman said, “I think the folks playing those three parts did a marvelous job; they expressed the characters very well. … The combination of social and psychological commentary was just excellent; it’s a slice of history before the full acceptance of Black in the South was common Time.”
“Driving Miss Daisy” can be seen Nov. 15, and 17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. All shows are presented in Levy Hall of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Call 1-888-718-4253 for tickets or visit showclix.com.