‘A crotchety old lady and her chauffer take the Adaire Theatre stage’

“If you grew up with an ornery granny who always knew what’s best because, that’s just the way you do things, then this show will definitely bring back some memories,” said Kendall Payne, founder of Adaire Theatre, on “Driving Miss Daisy,” the latest production coming to the Pulaski Elks Lodge.


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Hoke Coleburn (Keith Patrick McCoy) and Makala Witten (Daisy Werthan) rehearse for Adaire Theatre’s upcoming production of ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’

Payne explained Miss Daisy has trouble coping with the fact that she’s not fit to drive anymore after crashing yet, “another car.”


To set the stage, the story takes place in the deep South in 1948. Daisy Werthan, a wealthy 72-year-old Jewish widow, is just informed by her son, Boolie, that she must rely on a chauffeur to get around. Boolie hires Hoke — a thoughtful, unemployed black man.


“You’ve got a crotchety old lady and a soft-spoken man. It’s hilarious, but there are also many heartwarming moments,” Payne said.


He explained many people might recognize “Driving Miss Daisy” from the movie version starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Akroyd.


Adaire Theatre will present “Driving Miss Daisy” over two weekends at the Pulaski Elks Lodge on West Main Street. The first weekend of performances will take place November 19, 20, 21. The second weekend will take place November 26, 27, and 28. Performances on Friday and Saturday nights will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. You can purchase tickets early at adairetheatre.org.


By Neesey Payne