Driving Miss Daisy Play Analysis

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When it comes to the makings of a play there are many aspects that play a role in order to create a great play. Set design and light design are two of those characteristics that work together to achieve the desired look for a play. After watching the play Driving Miss Daisy, I was able to see how important lighting and set design really are in a production. Driving Miss Daisy is a play that was written by Alfred Uhry. One may think that the key to a play is the writer itself however, behind every great production there are many contributors and Driving Miss Daisy was no exception. The creators for Driving Miss Daisy are; the director- Bruce Beresford, the set designer- John Lee Beatty, the costume designer- Jane Greenwood, the light …show more content…
The main function of the set was to provide the audience with some context for the play and a chance to create something beautiful to draw in the audience. Sets are created to be highly realistic, abstract or anything that is in between. It gives the designer a chance to showcase the unusual materials that are used, as well as interesting concepts and new techniques. For instance, the staircase that was on stage, I thought that was very unusual and amazing at the same time because I never thought that was possible to have a staircase on stage. By the way the staircase was designed and set up I can tell the set designer took a lot of time and effort to design and master the ability to create a staircase that let the audience know that the actors were in a house setting. The staircase also made the scene look realistic on stage. There were many great contributions that gave the play a sense of scenery. For instance, the antique Georgian chair that Miss Daisy was sitting in and next to her was a coffee table, a bookshelf full of books and a staircase behind her. I think the decorations in the living room and the stair case made that scenery look more realistic because it brought more life on the stage and the audience was able to recognize the scene took place in a house. Without the use of those objects as part …show more content…
I really enjoyed watching Driving Miss Daisy because of its ability to remain entertaining throughout its entirety. I was also able to learn more about how powerful and important both set and light designs are. Without these two designs a play would not be that captivating to watch, but rather dull and uninteresting. It is fair to say that lightening makes a play more alive. It would be extremely challenging for an audience to watch a play without the use of light. Light not only brings a play to “light” but it also allows the audience to experience the change in feelings and emotions along with the characters. When I say that light changes the audience emotions, I mean that if there’s a black-out like the one that was in Driving Miss Daisy, then the audience becomes a little frightened. Set design is also very important because it is what creates the scene of a play which allows for the audience to identify the location. Set design and light design are only two of the features that made this play great. There was much more than just set design and light design involved and with that said, I truly believe that everyone who cooperated in the production of this play did an amazing job. In my opinion, I believe that the theater artists were trying to show how powerful friendship is, as well as aging. Both Miss Daisy and Hook become very close and at the same time they were also getting older and losing their abilities to do

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