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If you like spooky/creepy, I recommend that you see "Misery" playing at The Edge Theater through May 21. Remaining performances are Thurs., May 18, Fri., May 19, Sat., May 20, at 8:00 pm., and Sun., May 21 at 6:00 pm.
"Misery" by William Goldman, is adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Warren Sherrill directs this diabolic story about a lonely, single woman living alone in an isolated area in the country. Romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Rick Yaconis) is rescued from a car wreck by the woman from the house, Annie Wilkes, (Emma Messenger) who describes herself as Sheldon's
"Number One Fan." Annie is a nurse and relishes the opportunity to take care of her hero. She opines that he couldn't get better care if he were in a hospital. She "sets" his broken legs with sticks and wire. Sheldon, who was badly hurt in the crash, is in considerable pain which Annie treats with prescription pain meds. Since he is completely at her mercy, she controls the immobilized writer by withholding the drugs until he complies with her requests.
She cajoles him into letting her read the manuscript for his new book which turns out to be a complete departure from her beloved romance novels. She becomes unhinged because of the raw language in the new work which is somewhat autobiographical. Her heroine, Misery, wouldn't stand for that kind of language in her stories.
Annie tells Sheldon that the roads are closed and the telephones are out; however, she then somehow manages to drive her car into town. She continues "taking care" of Sheldon and withholding the drugs if he gets sideways with her. His new "Misery" novel is about to be released so Annie, who has a standing order to receive the first copy of any Sheldon's new books gets her book at the general store. When she discovers that her heroine has died during childbirth, she flies into an uncontrollable rage and insists that Sheldon bring Misery back from the dead. She facilitates his writing by buying him an ancient, portable typewriter that has no letter "n."
She discovers that Sheldon has somehow managed to leave his bed and make his way into the rest of the house, where he tries, without success, to use the phone. Once again, he feels her wrath; however, this time she decides that she will fix it so he won't try to wander around again. She achieves her goal by "hobbling" him. She breaks both of his ankles, making it impossible for him to move about even though he wants to.
Messenger and Yaconis are brilliant as the "nurse" and the writer. Messenger's shift from a quiet, sinister demeanor to crazed harridan, is fascinating to watch. Yaconis manages to convey real agony and pain as he deals with the torture his captor deals out.
For tickets and information, call 303-232-0363 or visit the website at www.theedgetheater.com.
Columnist Harriet Hunter Ford may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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