Burn Brae's 'Driving Miss Daisy' adds period music to the drama

January 17, 1991|By Lou Cedrone | Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff

The Burn Brae Dinner Theater is the first area buffet house to do ''Driving Miss Daisy,'' the off-Broadway play that made history as a movie. It starred Jessica Tandy as the Atlanta matron who agreed, grudgingly, to allow herself to be driven about town by a chauffeur.

The Burn Brae production is a very respectable one. The pace may be slow, but it is very even, and at two hours and 10 minutes (that includes the usual intermission), the evening is a very manageable, pleasant one.

The company adds to the running time with delayed scene changes, but the time is well spent. During those lulls, we are treated to songs of the periods covered by the play, one that begins in 1948 and ends in 1973. Among the titles are ''The Ballad of Davy Crockett,'' ''Rag Mop,'' ''Santa Baby,'' ''Ain't That A Shame?'' and ''Unchained Melody.''

Nannette Rickert is the matron who can no longer drive a car. She does quite well with the role, one that takes her from a spry 72 to an institutionalized 97. Norman Fitz is Hoke Coleburn, her chauffeur, and Rick Stohler is Boolie, Miss Daisy's son who hires Coleburn. Stohler is well cast, as is Fitz, who gives the role the quality it needs, dignity. No one is going to be offended by this portrayal.

No one, in fact, is likely to be offended by this production, one that will continue at the Burn Brae through Feb. 24.

''Driving Miss Daisy''

*** An Atlanta matron reluctantly agrees to allow herself to be driven about by a chauffeur, a man who becomes her best friend.

CAST: Nannette Rickert, Norman Fitz, Rick Stohler

DIRECTOR: George C. Bonifant

RUNNING TIME: Two hours and 10 minutes with one intermission

TICKETS: 792-0290

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