You know that ‘equal amounts of excitement and trepidation’ feeling when one of your favorite books gets turned into a movie? I had that at The Ottawa Little Theater recently and am pleased to report I left smiling. This was the best show I’ve ever seen at the OLT and I implore you to get tickets immediately.
Since being forced to read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in high school English class, it has been one of my favorites. The American classic follows conniving convict R. P. McMurphy’s stint in a mental institution where he meets the men who live in the shadows of mental illness – and under the oppression of the ward staff. The exacting authoritarian Nurse Ratchet runs the show with sadistic, strict regimes that even the head doctor is too scared to protest against.
McMurphy’s goal is ostensibly to get under the nurse’s skin and end her administration, but his underlying purpose is to return a sense of dignity to the men around him. It’s this message that stole my heart and had me worried about the recent production since it’s a big request for any company to fulfill.
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