NUNN'S THEATER HABIT
Entertaining the older crowd this holiday season
Sat. November 23, 2019 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
There is plenty of new entertainment currently out there for the older generation. At the cinema, fans of Stephen King's The Shining are treated to the new Doctor Sleep. It's a sequel for those that have wondered what happened to Danny Torrance after he was terrorized at the Overlook Hotel. He's all grown up and is played by Ewan McGregor.
This film brings in many elements from the Stanley Kubrick version of the story, including some lookalikes playing iconic roles. I had the same issue that I had with the books, the energy suicking vampire plot point is a snooze and the story doesn't wake up until two hours later in the last 30 minutes. Although not scary like the 1980 film, Doctor Sleep has many nostalgiac moments that are enjoyable before the end.
Another niche movie out at theater is The Good Liar starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. The two prestigious actors have both built longtime careers and this is a worthy endeavor to see them sink their chops into.
For the LGBT crowd we have a gay actor, a gay activist and a gay twist before the end of the movie. While the storyline eventually will pull every stunt in the book to surprise the audience, the film is really more acting exercise than anything with real depth.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story is weaving melodies at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place until Dec. 8. For over two hours, Taylor Bloom and Ben Cooley milk the audience for applause, while staring directly at the crowd with a backing band that looks straight out of School of Rock.
There is no plot to follow such as the recent Ramones Four Chords and a Gun show at the same space. They are instead a talented cover band that will have the blue haired crowd remembering their past with an iconic soundtrack. Bloom is particulalry good and hopefully works on new material for his career to blossom.
Visit BroadwayInChicago.com for tickets before "thyme" runs out.