Ed Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

On Saturday, Karen and I went to see my good cousin Ed (of the Ed Zone) in his first dramatic appearance since the renowned Rockland High production of Annie nigh on twenty years ago. This time he played asylum orderly “Aide Warren” in the Gateway Players’ production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Ed seemed natural in the role of the sadistic, brutal Warren, which makes me wonder what life is like for the employees he manages at his job, but whatever. Dressed smartly in a white shirt with a black bow tie and sporting his clean-shaven head, Ed’s Warren looked like a 1950s gas station attendant–from hell.

As for the play itself–I’ve managed to get through twenty-nine years of life and a first-class education without ever having read the book or seen the film, but I thoroughly enjoyed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. While ostensibly an indictment of 1950s mental disorder treatment, its significance has become less pragmatic and more symbolic as time goes on. I found myself making comparisons to Sartre’s No Exit. (You can read an official review here.)

There’s still another weekend of performances to go, but tickets are sold out, so if you don’t already have one, you’re out of luck. But if you’re going, prepare to enjoy an enlightening evening watching one of the classics of American drama–or a bald guy gleefully beating on mental patients, if that’s your thing.

  1. Jason – Thanks for the kind words. The best review I received was a woman who cut through the crowd Saturday evening and told me “I hate you.” I’ll take that.

    As for tix for this weekend, I think we still have some available. Last weekend was sold out but as of Sunday, we had about 20 left for this Friday’s show and Saturday’s. Although, the 4 Star review hit the Worcester Telegram & Gazette yesterday and apparently that usually prompts a run on tix so by now, you are probably right. But I offer that slight glimmer for anyone that wants to make the trip. (And I can reserve tix).

    Thanks again for coming out in support. Hopefully, my monster will haunt your dreams. Now, does anyone know if anyone is staging “Chained Heat”?

  2. I take it back.


  3. Told you, man. You’re like The Producers of Southbridge.

    By the way, I think it’s pretty cool I can say that I’ve seen you in your last two plays.

  4. Mumma left a comment on October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Can’t wait to see it! I won’t even put my two ducats up on StubHub!!

    I think it’s kind of interesting that they dress evil Aide Warren up as The Good Humor Man!

  5. The problem is – I’m all out of Bomb Pops, Hoodsies and Drumsticks.

    All I have are Screwballs.

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