NUNN'S THEATER HABIT
It's Wintertime for Hitler
Wed. October 30, 2019 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
It's wintertime in Chicago with snow starting to fall and the holidays are now upon us. The world of entertainment always seems to get better this time of year fortunately.
The movie theater is the place to be with some of the best films debuting for awards season.
Jojo Rabbit is a comedy based on Christine Leunen's book Caging Skies. It tells the story of a young boy that deals with living in Germany during Worl War II by creating Adolf Hitler as a friend.
There are some strong performances from Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin McKenzie that should be seen on the big screen and there's a gay part for our community hidden along the way.
One film I really enjoyed from beginning to end was Judy. It bounces back and forth through time to depict some pivotall moments of Judy Garland's life with a strong performance from Renee Zellweger that gives the story heart.
Some Facebook critics have been hard on the movie, particularly because Zellweger doesn't sound exactly like Garland herself. I'm not sure what the diehards wanted, possibly to dig up the classic singer's vocal cords? Some also miss the point that the movie is based on the book End of the Rainbow and doesn't even have to be completely factual. Just give Zellweger another Academy Award already and be happy!
John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons gives audiences a lesson until Nov. 3 at the Cadillace Palace Theatre. The sometimes clownish actor has a strong history of one man shows and he recycles some of the same voices and characters from the past.
The subject is important with so many valid stories being left out of history books and Leguizamo earns points for trying some serious material, but the transistions are not smooth and what was up with the sound on opening night? People that know Spanish will appreciate his rapid fire inside slang and when he hits the mark, he is very funny and reminds us to pick up a good book.
For tickets visit BroadwayInChicago.com.
The Vic Theatre at 3145 N Sheffield Ave. continues to bring in some interesting entertainment this fall. RuPaul Drag Racer Sasha Velour brings a Smoke & Mirrors Tour on Nov. 3 with more dress up on Dec. 2 for a Drag Queen Christmas-The Naughty Tour. Past interview COIN comes to town there on Nov. 1 and friend to the Nunn, actress Jenny Slate pops in for a Little Weirds Tour on Nov. 8. i wouldn't miss the voice of Bishop Briggs on Nov. 15. She's a real "Champion" and we just chatted at Lollapalooza this past summer.
Adam Ant was especially good at The Vic when he appeared for his Friend or Foe North American Tour this year. A whopping 28 songs were played that would satisfy any fan and if you haven't heard "Antmusic" live once before you die, I strongly recommend you remedy the situation. The song, along with the iconic singer, still hold up well today.
Ant has a swagger that everyone should see!
Visit VicTheatre.com for ticket information for any of the upcoming shows.