Driving Miss Daisy stops in Coquitlam

John Campbell and Nicola Lipman star in the Arts Club on Tour production of Driving Miss Daisy. - DAVID COOPER
John Campbell and Nicola Lipman star in the Arts Club on Tour production of Driving Miss Daisy.
— image credit: DAVID COOPER

While some Coquitlam businesses aren't faring well with the Evergreen Line construction, a few are capitalizing on the chaos.

Driving Miss Daisy, a transportation service for seniors, will be offering the elderly a ride to the play with the same name — a production by the Arts Club Theatre On Tour that's putting its drama/comedy into gear at the Evergreen Cultural Centre next week.
With the parking lot torn up at the Coquitlam venue for the terminus station, the service teamed up with Evergreen Cultural Centre to get older patrons to the show safely; in turn, the facility will have discounted tickets to any new customers of Driving Miss Daisy who book a ride.
But, Evergreen staff warn, reservations must be done fast as some shows are almost sold out.
Currently playing at the Surrey Arts Centre, Driving Miss Daisy stars Nicola Lipman as the Southern matriarch and John Campbell as her chauffeur, with a storyline that follows the unlikely pair over 25 years. The film version with Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman took an Oscar for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay in 1990.
Lipman told The Tri-City News the Arts Club touring production has been well-received, with a mix of demographics in the crowd — many of whom have fond memories of the Hollywood blockbuster.
She enjoys the suburban arts venues. "There are all these beautiful theatres in the Lower Mainland," she said. "People shouldn't have to come into Vancouver to see theatre because it develops the cultural community in their own community by feeling it's theirs."
Lipman, who will be performing for the first time in Coquitlam, added, "I like touring and being in a different place every night, and a different audience that has a different take on things. It's very interesting."
Driving Miss Daisy runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). For tickets at $39/$30/$15, call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca. To book a car service and tickets directly, call Driving Miss Daisy at 778-237-7433 or email brigitte@drivingmissdaisy.net. Meanwhile, there will be a pre-show chat with Brian Linds, who plays Miss Daisy's son (and is also the sound designer).


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