The Cuckoo Flies Again: ALT stages a crazy classic
In 1962 Ken Kesey wasn’t yet known as a Merry Prankster when his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, groundbreaking for its critical portrayal of a mental institution, launched him from a ’60s acid muncher to the higher pantheon of American letters. For the 85th anniversary of Albuquerque Little Theatre (224 San Pasquale SW), William R. Stafford directs the stage adaptation of the book. Join the crazies and follow the intrigues of Randle P. McMurphy—famously played by Jack Nicholson in the movie version—as he pleads insanity to elude criminal charges and spends a stint in a psychiatric hospital.
We soon wonder which is worse—jail or the psych ward? Things get heated as he butts heads with the dominatrix-like Nurse Ratched, who rules the hospital with an iron fist. The action mounts when McMurphy leads the patients into open revolt and all hell breaks loose. It’s a bold look at what defines “insanity” in an uptight society. Who’s crazier, the doctor or the patient? Runs through Sept. 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm; with a special performance on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30pm. Tickets $12-$22. See albuquerquelittletheatre.