Mo`olelo Performing Arts explores immigration detention and its attendant horrors for the captors and captured
Binh H. Nguyen noon, Oct. 2
To avoid work duty in prison, Randle P. McMurphy feigns insanity and enters an institution, where he's certain he'll thrive. Good luck with that, Randle P. New Village Arts is staging one of its best shows in some time. With some tweaking of the pace it could be even better. Director Claudio Raygoza peoples the stage with sharply drawn inmates. Kristianne Kurner smartly downplay's Nurse Ratched's monstrosity (Ken Kesey's book is about invisible forms of repression that force people to censor themselves unwittingly). From his first, raucous entrance to his mute, deeply moving finale, Jeffrey Jones is excellent as McMurphy. He makes one bold choice after another and fills the stage with Randle P's indomitable spirit.