Theater In Town: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Scapino are on stage this month

Scapino is a comedic play written by the French playwright Moliere and is considered one of his most famous works. The play was first performed in 1671 and has since been performed countless times, both in France and internationally. The play is a farce, meaning that it is a type of comedy that is characterized by exaggerated and absurd situations, witty dialogue, and physical humor.
The play is set in Italy and revolves around the character Scapino, a crafty and cunning servant who is constantly scheming to help his master’s son, Gelasio, win the love of the beautiful Zerbinetta. Gelasio, however, is a lazy and unenthusiastic young man who is reluctant to pursue Zerbinetta, and so Scapino must use all of his wit and cunning to manipulate and deceive the other characters in order to ensure Gelasio’s success.
One of the key elements of the play is the use of disguise and mistaken identity. Throughout the play, Scapino disguises himself as various characters in order to carry out his schemes, and many of the other characters are often misled by his antics. This leads to a series of hilarious misunderstandings and miscommunications that drive the comedic action of the play.
Another important aspect of Scapino is its satirical commentary on the foibles of human behavior. Moliere was a master at exposing the absurdities of society and human nature, and this play is no exception. Through the character of Scapino, Moliere takes aim at the greed, selfishness, and foolishness of the upper classes, and through the character of Gelasio, he critiques the laziness and lack of initiative of the younger generation.
Despite its age, Scapino continues to be performed and enjoyed by audiences around the world. Its timeless themes and comedic situations remain as relevant and entertaining today as they were in the 17th century. March 17-26 at the City Repertory Theater.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a play written by Dale Wasserman, based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey. The play was first performed in 1963 and has since become one of the most enduring and powerful works of American theater.
The play takes place in a mental institution in Oregon in the 1950s and focuses on the character of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous and rebellious patient who challenges the oppressive authority of the head nurse, Mildred Ratched. McMurphy’s arrival at the institution shakes up the status quo and sparks a power struggle between him and Ratched that ultimately leads to a tragic and profound exploration of the nature of power, freedom, and the human spirit.
One of the key themes of the play is the idea of individual freedom versus institutional control. Through the character of McMurphy, the play challenges the notion that mental institutions are necessary or beneficial to society, and instead argues that these institutions serve to undermine the individuality and autonomy of those who are deemed “mentally ill.” The play suggests that these institutions are used to control and suppress those who do not conform to societal norms, and that this is a violation of the fundamental human right to freedom.
Another important theme of the play is the nature of power and its relationship to freedom. The play explores the idea that those in positions of power are often abusive and oppressive, and that this can have devastating effects on those who are powerless. Through the relationship between McMurphy and Ratched, the play illustrates how power can be used to manipulate and control others, and how this can lead to the loss of freedom and individuality.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a play that explores the human condition in ways that are both profound and deeply moving. Its powerful themes, memorable characters, and intense dramatic moments make it a classic of the American theater, and its impact continues to be felt by audiences around the world. Whether you are a fan of the theater or simply interested in exploring the complexities of the human experience, this play is definitely worth checking out. March 3-12 at Flagler Playhouse.