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Capsule Reviews

Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

The Boys from Syracuse Reviewed in this issue.

Driving Miss Daisy A dream cast -- Diane Peterson, Dennis Lebby and Gary Wayne Barker -- delivers a competent, if unmemorable, rendition of this 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner about the relationship between an aging Atlanta dowager and the black chauffeur her son foists upon her. There's nothing overtly wrong with this production; it's just that too many of the play's simple truths come across as simplistic homilies. One senses that director Edward Coffield did not push his actors -- or his designers -- to excavate the material as deeply as they're capable of. The result is highly watchable, but it's all a little too cutesy-quaint for its own good. Performed by the New Jewish Theatre through May 28 at the Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus, Creve Coeur. Tickets are $20-$22 ($2 off for JCC members). Call 314-442-3283. (Dennis Brown)

Rigoletto Reviewed in this issue.