Review: Driving Miss Daisy

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(Note: Recommend you start the video at the bottom to listen to the music while reading this blog.)

We attended the Wednesday matinee performance of Driving Miss Daisy at the New Theatre Restaurant in  Overland Park, KS. — as some of the youngest people there.

The matinees, and especially the Wednesday one, are the shows where the chartered groups, usually the 50+ crowd, blocks out the seats and the shows. Thus there are few cars in the parking lot, but the buses block the access to the doors. We parked easily in the parking lot, but had to go around the bus parked in the crosswalk to get to the steps leading up to the main door.

The dinner was everything that could be asked for of a buffet. In fact, we’ve reached the stage where one trip to the buffet tends to be enough to fill us up, though the one plate is usually full, and usually not balanced to a nutitionist’s satisfaction.

They waitstaff took orders for drinks. I got hot tea and Betsy her blended soda. I only got one pot of tea before my meal, and despite the pot being open and empty while they walked by during the meal, no one asked about more hot water. They did bring a refill during the intermission dessert course. It was so full putting in the tea bag made it splash all over me. And I only got one tea bag the whole evening, and apparently the flavor I chose only has enough in the teabag for one pot of hot water. My second pot of water was almost drinking straight hot water.

But the dessert was good. We tried the pecan pie. Each of us could have eaten one ourselves, but splitting one between us was all we really needed for a sweet taste.

But the review should say something about the show. Driving Miss Daisy. The show is really more a series of vignettes than anything plot driven. But the slices of life shown are well placed for humor and reflection on the events the present.

Emmy-Award winning actress Michael Learned plays the ascerbic personality of Miss Daisy to perfection, including the sense of her aging through the years, and her development of understanding. Charles Robinson (Night Court) effectively plays her friend, chauffer and foil in this witty series of vignettes. She never gets the best of him.

The play is one worth watching for the quality of the actor’s portrayals, and the writing. Dinner isn’t bad either, and despite my comments earlier, the waitstaff pleasant and efficient as well.

 

 

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A Look Ahead …

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Here are the events coming up that we will be having something to do with, though not in every facet mentioned in the below writeups:

 

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Join us at Worlds of Fun for the ultimate fall festival – The Great Pumpkin Fest! This family-friendly event is all treats and no tricks and features special Halloween-themed activities for kids plus PEANUTS-themed rides and attractions in Planet Snoopy!

Halloween Haunt

As darkness falls, fear rises when the Overlord calls his army to transform the park into Halloween Haunt. All new in 2017, the Skeleton Crew brings a high-flying cirque-style show of talented acrobats with a team of skeletons to shock witnesses with electrifying acrobatic performances. Experience the thrills of your favorite rides and the chills of 13 Extreme Haunts as you navigate the fog-filled midways where over 400 monsters lurk to feed off your screams. All you fear is here select nights from September 16 through October 29.

Wine & Romance Delight

Wine & Romance Delight – September 30 & October 1

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Indulge your sweet tooth this weekend at our Wine & Romance Delight! Participate in one of our many sweet events held all weekend including a Chocolate and Mead tasting.


Three Legged Race

Test your endurance as a couple while racing to the finish line! Held daily at 10:45am near the Washing Well Stage.


Wedding of the Century

 

Celebrate love! Witness couples renew their wedding vows or exchange them for the first time! The Wedding of the Century will be held Saturday on the Joust Track at 12:00pm.

 


Couple Water Balloon Toss

Calling all couples! Join us for the FREE Couple Water Balloon Toss held daily at 12:45pm. Located at the Washing Well Stage.


Costume Contest

Showcase your best garb in this week’s FREE costume contest! Held daily at 1:15pm at the Washing Well Stage.


Red Wine Sausage Eating Competition

Join us for a FREE Red Wine Sausage Eating Competition to see which couple can finish their bowl the fastest. Located at the Washing Well Stage at 2:45pm daily.


Newlywed Game

Test your knowledge! How well do you know your significant other? Find out at the FREE Newlywed Game! Held daily at 3:00pm at the Washing Well Stage.


Mr. Renaissance

Are you Prince Charming? Enter our handsome man contest at the Washing Well Stage! Held daily at 4:00pm.


Longest Kiss Competition

Held daily at the Washing Well Stage at 5:00pm!

 

Driving Miss Daisy

Sept. 27, 2017 – Nov. 26, 2017

New Theatre Restaurant

Daisy, a wealthy, acerbic widow, has wrecked another car. Her son decides she needs a chauffeur and hires an unemployed black man named Hoke. Daisy and Hoke dislike each other initially but over the course of 25 years, the two grow to become very dear friends. This funny, joyful play won the Pulitzer Prize and the film adaptation won four Oscars, including Best Picture.

Million Dollar Quartet

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Today was our first time at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, KS. The show was a matinee of the show “Million Dollar Quartet”. This will be a review/reflection on the experience of the New Theatre Restaurant and the show.

We drove to the theater, expecting to be able to find it relatively easy from what we knew of its general location. I can around the end and saw the main entrance on the west side of the building, only to be unable to get through to get to the parking, because a bus was fully blocking the way and preventing us from getting to the parking lot.

So we backtracked our course and eventually parked on the east side of the building, in the strip mall that lets out to Metcalf. We saw a sign for the New Theatre Restaurant and parked there, then tried to follow the signs to the theater.

Our tickets instructed us to “please use the right entrance”. but all we could find was the back door, not the “right entrance”. So we were walking around the building through an alleyway to get to the front of the building, intending to find the “right entrance”. Someone from the theater came out a door and told us we had gone by the entrance. I mentioned the need to find the right entrance, and he told us we had gone by it.

So we eventually went back to the back door and went in, found the main lobby, realized there were two doors in there to the theater itself — a left and right — and got in the line for the “right entrance”. But that theater guy still didn’t understand what I was talking about when he sent me back. And the tickets certainly weren’t written to make sense to someone who hadn’t been to the theater before.

But once we were in line (long), we got seated in a reasonable timeframe (smooth moving line).

We had seats in the Dress Circle (nosebleed section),  which really weren’t that far back, though somewhat close to the ceiling. We really aren’t interested in sitting too close to the stage. We need a moderate amount of distance (perspective).

Our table for two was fine, and we had a nice waiter, who took our drink orders and explained to us the pattern for the buffet, and how dessert orders are taken near the end of dinner for intermission.

Buffet opened at 11:40. We started at that time, and being in the middle of the room, didn’t get to the buffet before a moderate line had formed. We took 20 minutes to get through the buffet and back to our table. That was plenty of time to enjoy the courses, and go back for a final plate of fruit before the show.

They were very attentive to refills of Betsy’s soda, a little less attentive on refreshing the hot water for my tea.

During intermission, they were very efficient about bringing the desserts, which were as delectable as they looked. They were also very pleasant about processing the check unobtrusively.

And so to analyze the show.

Million Dollar Quartet is a show about the origins of four Rock and Roll greats: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. But what it really is about is the emotional journey of Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records and the one who discovered them all.  It is about a jam session between the four greats, the one time they were together, before they went on separate ways.

I enjoyed the show, especially the way they played Sam’s journey.  I believe people are supposed to key to the great songs of the period that they four sang during the session.  I enjoyed the music, but it isn’t my music, and so I didn’t get the buzz I think people are expected to get from the music of the show.

Even so the music was good. The plot wasn’t really very heavy, but it did carry the show. If you really enjoy the four artists of the quartet, you will probably have a really great time.

The experience was good enough for us to consider going back to another show sometime, possibly even do a season ticket.

A Look Ahead: Million $ Quartet

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This Thursday I am doing another quick “look ahead” post.

Snoopy’s Birthday

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The first item is today, Thursday, Aug. 10

Worlds of Fun

4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64161
Come help us celebrate Snoopy’s Birthday on Thursday after the 1:30 performance of Sally’s Rockin’ Dance Party! Cake will be served!

Million $ Quartet

The next item is July 6, 2017 – Sept. 24, 2017 at the New Theatre Restaurant.  I post it today, because we are going to the matinee this Saturday.

Million Dollar Quartet is the new smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these 4 young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings the legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “16 Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” and many more. This thrilling Broadway musical takes you inside the recording

 

Season Dining Update

And finally, we have the season dining plan update (which isn’t really a look ahead, but which I put here semi-regularly):

Total Price Paid $497.44
Total Number of Meals 417
Total Retail $4,364.36
Average Price Per Meal $1.19
Total Drink Price 29.64
Total number of drinks 406
Total Retail $452.50
Average Price Per Drink $0.07