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April 23, 2009

Criticism We Love: She's Too Youthful To Play An Old Lady

Dallas Morning News theater critic Lawson Taitte calls out Fort Worth theater Casa Mañana for casting Sandy Duncan to play the title character in "Driving Miss Daisy":

What do you get when you put granny glasses and a gray wig on Peter Pan? Peter Pan in granny glasses and a gray wig.

That's not quite fair to Sandy Duncan, who opened a revival of Driving Miss Daisy for Casa Manana on Tuesday. The irrepressible Texas native began playing elderly roles as far back as the classic TV miniseries Roots, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. She is, however, known for her pixie-like exuberance - and she doesn't quite manage to hide it under the makeup she wears as the aging Atlanta matron in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Duncan is 63. When "Roots" was broadcast in 1977, she was 31.
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