In case you haven't seen the movie in a while (like me), here's the general story: author Paul Sheldon is in a car accident (or is it?) in rural Colorado, where he's been writing his latest novel. He's "rescued" by Annie, who calls herself his "number one fan" (scarier words have never been spoken). Except that Annie's fandom borders on obsession, and she lies to Paul about the conditions of the road and the phone line in order to keep him there under her control. While he's held up there, the latest in his Misery series of novels is released and Annie excitedly reads it. Until she reads the death scene of the title character, and then things take a turn. Already showing signs of abusive control towards Paul, she now forces Paul to unwrite Misery's death in a new novel, threatening to withhold pain medication and food. Things go from bad to worse, as Paul tries to escape and fails. And how this story ends... well, one good thing about having a bad memory is that you can watch something again and be surprised all over again.
|Paul (Bill McCallum) and Annie (George Keller)|
(photo by Tom Wallace)
|nothin' to see here sheriff (George Keller and|
Valencia Proctor, photo by Tom Wallace)
A fan kidnaps her favorite author and forces him to write a book to her liking - it's an appealing idea; what Game of Thrones fan doesn't want to lock George R.R. Martin in a room and make him finish what he started over 30 years ago? And I certainly have my literary character obsessions whom I never want to die (Diana Gabaldon better hire a team of bodyguards if she ever kills, or even breaks up, Claire and Jamie). But in the hands of Stephen King via William Goldman via the Yellow Tree team, these almost relatable impulses of a fan become a nightmare. But an entertaining one that's fun to be on the outside of. See Misery at Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo now through March 12. If you want to make a night of it out in the 'burbs, dining options in Osseo are limited but nearby Maple Grove has a plethora of choices.
Join me and my fellow Twin Cities Theater Bloggers for a special event at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Get $20 off the ticket price for the March 4 matinee performance of the regional premiere of the super fun and heart-warming musical The Prom, and stick around after the show for a talk-back with some of the cast. Read my review of The Prom here, find more info about the event in the Facebook event here, and purchase discount tickets using code TCTB1 or by clicking on this link (discount valid for any performance through March 12).