One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- David Laing
- 5 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel, which celebrates one man’s attempt to subvert subtle hegemonic control, is given a treatment here that few texts deserve. Across the clumsy set, which resembles the whitewashed innards of an inside-out cereal box, the floundering cast struggle with unimaginative lighting and clumsy direction. Adam Tomkins’ McMurphy evidences none of the heroic acting required for his constant face-off with Yvonne Waring’s powerful Nurse Ratched, who supplies the only chink of hope in an evening otherwise only marginally preferable to electric shock therapy.
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