One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Gift Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 9 2010

Dale Wasserman's 1963 stage adaptation is much truer to the spirit of Ken Kesey's iconic 1962 novel than is Milos Foreman's multiple-Oscar-winning 1975 movie version. Most notably, Wasserman never loses sight of the fact that the story--set in a mental ward run by the dictatorial Nurse Ratched--is as much about Native American inmate Chief Bromden as it is about McMurphy, the hellraiser who gets himself committed because he thinks it'll be easier than doing prison time. (Thanks to Jack Nicholson's brilliant scenery chewing, the movie belongs almost entirely to McMurphy.) This intense, finely acted, well directed production has attention-grabbing actors Paul D’Addario and Kent Joseph playing McMurphy and Bromden, respectively. As a result, we care about both men--and, by extension, about the others who find themselves trapped in Ratched's cuckoo's nest. --Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$25


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