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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Dale Wasserman

COMPANY : New Dawn Theater [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Second Stage Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 3307

SHOWING : February 19, 2009 - March 08, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

In the early 1960s, a rebellious new patient named R.P. McMurphy checks into an Oregon mental health institution, and after meeting the Acutes, Chronics, and other variously neurotic inmates, begins to question the rigid authority of the head nurse, Ratched, and her clinical staff-mates. Filled with dark humor, energetic characters, and moments of reflective melancholy, the story of McMurphy's staunch defiance of sterile authority ends in tragic triumphant, as told through the eyes of patient Chief Bromden who, at last, finds he's been made big enough to escape into the open wild of the great Northwest.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Sherry Ingbritsen
Backstage Tech Kelly Baker
Lighting Technician Martin Gravely
Co-Stage Manager Samuel Gresham
Set-builder Paul Ingbritsen
Backstage Tech Tami Scheinman
Co-Stage Manager Elise Stanton
Backstage Tech Chere Stricker
Ruckley Doug Cashell
Scanlon Jay Croft
Nurse Flinn Lesley Davis
Sandra Jackie DeConti
Nurse Ratched Glory Hannah
Dale Harding Jerry Knoff
Chief Bromden Tim Link
Dr. Spivey Chuck Mason
Candy Katie McTeer
Martini Chuck Miller
Billy Bibbit David Puckett
R.P. McMurphy Greg Simons
Aide Warren Mike Stevens
Aide Turkle Vant Walker
Cheswick Mike Yow
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REVIEWS

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Surprisingly lighthearted, puts Kubrick neatly in his place
by The Rent-A-Geek
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
4.5
Having only seen the Stanley Kubrick / Jack Nicholson movie previously, I was not prepared for vastly different approach of the stage production. New Dawn prepared a wonderfully intricate production. What caught my attention most were the subtleties as the inmates constantly jockeyed for position within the group. the non-verbal mockery during group therapy alone was worth the price of admission. I don't wish to give the impression that this was a comedy, or that the focus of the show was cheap slapstick; but the humorous elements were used effectively to prevent the audience from being drawn fully into the downer ambiance Kubrick favored. An unexpected bonus was the 'narration' of the Chief during scene cuts, which I first took to be psychotic ramblings, later proved the impetus for the bond between the two main characters.

All in all, Cukoo was well worth a visit to Duluth. I highly recommend it. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Kubrick didn't direct the movie by Okely Dokely
The movie was directed by Milos Foreman.

This production sounds good. Very pleased to see that Katie McTeer's in it. I directed her in a show last summer.
Bravo!
by Pinkiesdiva
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
5.0
Fun at the beginning and moving at the end. Hard to believe the cast aren't really inmates! Set is minimalist but realistic. Effects are very competent for an amateur group. I enjoyed it. Great job! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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