Selection Reminder: Ken Russell's Tommy shows at Enzian!

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Tuesday, Dec. 27Tommy

Airing exactly one month after the death of its director Ken Russell, the tempestuous mind behind Altered States and Crimes of Passion, Tommy is a fitting tribute. Based on the Who’s rock-opera album of the same name, it concerns the title character (played by Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the Who) as a man forced to repress the trauma of witnessing the death of his father by his mother’s lover (Oliver Reed). Struck “deaf, dumb and blind” by the experience, he becomes a master pinball player. When he defeats the reigning pinball wizard, played by Elton John, he becomes a messianic figure. Also starring Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner, Ann-Margret and Eric Clapton, Tommy is a gloriously crazed, somewhat inspired extravaganza that should be the perfect setting for an impromptu wake. – Justin Strout (9:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-629-0054, enzian.org, $5)

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