Win Tickets: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest @ Portland Center Stage | Review + 2-For-1 Discounts

Our friends at Downtown Portland Marketing Initiative have given Pipeline a pair of tickets to give away for One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Be sure to check out other great 2-for-1 tickets deals at many other downtown venues as part of the Marketing Initiative’s Downtown Winter Blah-Buster.

To win Cuckoo tickets from Pipeline, comment on this post why you would like to attend. A winner will be drawn and emailed on Friday .

Review By Nathalie Weinstein
Most of the Oregon State  Hospital was demolished recently for a new building. But at Portland Center Stage, the hospital’s inmates are alive and well.

Based on a Ken Kesey’s novel, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest’ explores the inhabitants of an Oregon mental ward and how they are affected by the institutional treatments they receive there. Narrated by Chief Bromden, a Native American pretending to be a deaf mute, the story begins when a rebellious convict, Randle McMurphy, enters the ward and attempts to shake things up.

‘Cuckoo’ is at once a playful, physical comedy and a subversive drama exploring the failings of the US mental health system. The ability of the cast to go from hooting and hollering over a dirty joke to stunned silence over the loss of a patient in a matter of moments was crucial to the success of the production. The small cast obviously bonded well during rehearsals and are able to play off one another as if they’ve been in that sitting room for years.

Props have to be given to Portland Center Stage’s set and lighting crew: the stage at the Gerding Armory has been transformed into antiseptic hospital ward, complete with a blinking control panel.

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82 Responses to Win Tickets: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest @ Portland Center Stage | Review + 2-For-1 Discounts

  1. Kellie March 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    This was one of my favorite books ever!!! and seeing as though I grew up in Eugene, Kesey is in my blood :) I would LOVE to go!

  2. Anthony March 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    I’d like to attend because I owe my boyfriend some major quality time. And what better way to spend time together than at an asylum?

  3. Marisa March 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Nurse Ratchet!!!!!!!!
    I just like crazy people.

  4. Michelle V March 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Not only is this one of our favorite books and movies but my boyfriend and I are totally nuts and would feel right at home! also, we know someone in the cast and were trying to see how we could swing the ticket cost. Finally, I hear this show is an amazing performance celebrating the immense talents of our wonderful Oregon actor community! What’s not to love?

  5. Will March 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Huge Kesey fan – loved the Sometimes a Great Notion production.

  6. Leonard March 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Am sure it is far better than the movie, which Kesey hated!

  7. Lisa March 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Scary and crazy…perfect combo for me to celebrate getting a job this week!

  8. Jenna March 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    it’s long overdue for me to see a live theater show, I’ve lived in portland for 5 years & haven’t been to PCS yet…and I’ve dealt w/ a lot of crazies in my life & still love every min of it!

  9. Bryan Hiltner March 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    I want to attend CUCKOO because the amazing, unruly actor Rich Cashin is CUCKOO… and is also in my feature film sLipPage! (currently being finished). Check out for a shot of Rich as a ferocious-looking FBI Agent. Rich is a great guy and willing to do anything for art, and I’d give anything to score tickets to see his insanity onstage!

  10. jolene williams March 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Would love to go…always say theres so many
    performances and I never make it. This one is
    so Oregon.

  11. Kelly March 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    My great-uncle Vernon died there in 1976. The way I found out he existed was when I was told of his death. We had always thought our grandpa had only one brother, but he had two… the one whom we knew, and the one who was hidden. Did anyone visit him? Did he know about us, his six great-nieces and nephews? RIP dear Uncle Vernon. You are loved.

  12. Julie March 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    My Dad worked for IBM and had to go to Atlanta a couple of times a year for a few years to take classes. He would always come home and talk about his teacher who he referred to as Nurse Ratchet. When I saw the movie for the first time I was a wreck because I was so worried about my dad going to class with that lady as his teacher!!!

  13. Ian March 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Loved the movie. If this is half as good I’m happy.

  14. Meredith March 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Pure entertainment. Love the characters and imagining Kesey’s state of mind when he researched and wrote this book.

  15. Christian March 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    I would love to attend because I enjoy the performance quality at pcs but overall because I LOVE THEATER!!!

  16. Bobbie March 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    My husband and I could use some culture right about now…

  17. Jessica March 9, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I loved the book and my husband was always so PROUD that this is based in Oregon (he is a Oregonian…not a transfer like myself and he loves ALL things Oregon). Also, my husband and I really need a night out. Our daughter will be with her grandmother…and we don’t have anywhere to go.

  18. sean March 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I work for the firm that did the landscape design for the hospital remodel and it would be fun to see what this adaptation brings to the table.

  19. Kostas N. March 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I want to win so I can go with my girlfriend. We’ll enjoy a great play an on top of that, she’ll owe me one! :)

  20. Sarah March 10, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I saw a subpar version of it at a community theatre back east. It was a disservice to this fine production!!

  21. Vin March 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I haven’t seen any plays in Portland yet, and this seems like a good one for popping my theatre cherry! Plus, I love crazy people.

  22. Sloan March 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Charlie Sheen has got me in the mood for crazy.

  23. Karen March 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I have been working 60 hours a week for about 5 weeks now and my Husband of 27 years and I REALLY need a night out. This would be the perfect “Date Night” a nice dinner, a bit of wine and a play about some crazy folks.


  24. eli March 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    My boyfriend is a huge fan. Id love to be able to take him.

  25. Bill Weisman March 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    This is a must see….could be me!

  26. John Humes March 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Would love to revisit this classic!

  27. Nikki March 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    sounds amazing.

  28. Bill Weismann March 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for this one…..

  29. Meg March 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I’d love to attend…because One Flew Over a Cukoos Nest has touched me since I was a kid. Also, I am recently single after almost 12 years, and it would be super dope to see a show in my possibly future beautiful city!!

  30. Teri March 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    We love to go to plays! Boyfriend has been working for a company and has not been paid since Dec. 29th! NO JOKE! This would really be a treat for us, something we could not do otherwise. Love your website! And thanks for offering such fun things to do!

  31. Becky March 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I’d love to go because I have been hearing crazy good things about this. Also because I read the book and watched the Jack Nicholson version when I was in high school lit class. I think I care way more now ad need a brush up. Yeeeee.

  32. isa russell March 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    My freinds are always winning tickets and inviting me I would love to exchange the favor!!

  33. Chi N. March 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I LOVE plays! Loved the movie and would like to see it live. Please pick me :-)

  34. Hannah March 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I love the movie and the book and would be thrilled to see a live version!

  35. jennifer March 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    i want to see this

  36. Shelley A. March 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Theater! Luv it. I want it.

  37. lana r March 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    This would be an awesome date-night and I’m sure would leave a lasting impression on our artistic souls. I’ve held much appreciation for the book. So… PICK ME! PICK ME!

  38. Stacey March 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    We’ve been hearing great things about the production and would love to go!

  39. stacy giltner March 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Wow I would really impress my date if I had tickets to this. She may even think I am not so broke. :)

  40. jakedockter March 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    This show is one fo the best american pieces of literature! Powerful, seeing it in the hands of new artist will be a blast!

  41. wynne March 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Three geese in a flock
    One flew East
    One flew West
    And one flew over the cuckoo’s nest

  42. Michael London March 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    A fantastic book and movie. Seeing as this will be the week of my 5 year anniversary and im still crazy about her it might just be fitting! lol

  43. Tania March 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    My daughters have recently discovered the amazing joy of Portland theatre, but it’s hard to afford their habit! It would be great to be able to send them out for a night on the town they won’t forget!

  44. Hope March 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I would love to see this play at Portland Center Stage! I have found that the book is almost always better than the I’m going to assume that the play will be awesome as well!

  45. John March 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I love live theater, and the movie version of this play was just so powerful! I’d love to take my sweatheart to see this show for a date night. Oh, and watch the movie if you haven’t already done so. One of Jack Nicholson’s finest perfomances I’ve ever seen!

  46. Kacy March 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Its a classic!!! I would love to see a PCS production of this play!

  47. Josh C. March 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    This is a classic movie and one I would love to see on stage. Please pick me!

  48. Lisa Smith @stretchmarkmama March 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    My husband and I had our first date at a play. That was 18 years ago. :) We haven’t seen a play together for at least 15 years… would love to have a set of tickets and a date night without the kids!

  49. Jason castro March 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I love this story in every format! Send me for free!

  50. Lori March 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I never read the book or saw the movie…looks like I’m alone here…all alone…so alone…maybe I need to be comitted. :)

  51. Bobbie March 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    We would love to go–haven’t been out of Hillsboro in ages! Going Cuckoo!

  52. Sydney March 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    after spontaneously quitting my job in social work, i find myself missing all the crazy. a play would be a better option than going back to my job.
    also, im reading zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance (highly recommend it), and am thinking a lot about fun things like mental breakdowns and electroshock therapy.

  53. blackdotbug March 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I absolutely love this movie and I think it would be excellent to see on stage. Please send me! Thanks!

  54. Ben March 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    I’m a great applauder.

  55. mark March 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    When I was in high school, i was in this play. The stage adaption is fantastic and would love to see it from the audiences perspective. Any of the days that tickets are available would be fine and thank you for considering me

  56. Andrew March 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    I want to go so I can punt Nurse Rachet in the crotch.

  57. Sharon Emmerson March 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Nurse Ratchett here would like to sit in the front row. I would LMFAO silentley.
    I am happy to wear a Nurse Costume or just the regular Portland Hipsta Doofus Drag……………the truth is that you won’t sight me as I blend in.
    P.S. I hope they perform my favorite scenes!
    P.P.S. Jack N was much more frightening while spitting cherry pitts in The Witches Of Eastwick!

  58. Rachel March 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    I loved the book and the movie. It would be great to see the play!

  59. Kyle March 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I’ve been in a production of this before and always loved it. It would be fun to see another take on this classic.

  60. d@Ve March 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    classic oregon fare, and sounds like the play follows suit. would love to catch it!

  61. Dustin March 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    I’m Cuckoo for OFOTCN!

  62. Eric March 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    My recently unemployed pal Charlie says, “You should choose Eric… So he can take the Sheen along with him”

    If there’s anyone who’s a fan of CRAZY, it’s Charlie and I

  63. Mindy March 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    This film changed my life! it would be so amazing to see it LIVE! please pick me!

  64. Jackie March 10, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Would love to see this classic

  65. Amelia Santiago March 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I have heard nothing but praise about this production which makes me really want to see it. The performance was described to me in detail a week ago over a martini at VQ’s and it has been on my mind ever since.

  66. Frida March 11, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    I know this book book backwards and forwards, i would love to go because I love Ken Kesey but I am a student and have no money to go!

  67. Dee March 11, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I heard it’s a very good show, I would love to go to it!

  68. ethan timm March 11, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I don’t want to go anywhere but if you give me these tickets I’ll be forced to leave the house out of a bizarre sense of cultural responsibility.

  69. Jared McCain March 11, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    I’m going to go crazy if I don’t get to see this play.

  70. Rai March 11, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I’ve never been exposed. :(

  71. Tim Williams March 11, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I promise to use the tickets for good! With great tickets come great responsibilities.

  72. nat March 11, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    My boyfriend and i both suffer from oppositional defiance disorder and i think it would be therapeutic for us to see this play- a little reminder of what fate can befall people of our ilk.

  73. Christine March 11, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    just because.

  74. Mat March 11, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I would love to see this because Portland Center Stage consistently puts on some of the most exciting, challenging theater productions in the region.

    Not just that, but “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is an Oregon literary classic, and it’s definitely in safe hands with the thoughtful minds at Portland Center Stage.

    Plus, it’s been awhile since my girlfriend and I have had time for a date night. This would be pretty much perfect.

  75. Courtney March 11, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    The book was one of my favorites when growing up. When I saw the movie, I was happy to see they did better job than most when turning a book into a movie. I would love to win tickets to see the play because Portland Center Stage always puts on a good show, and because as a student, I can’t afford to go on my own. Please please please pick me.

  76. Toby March 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I need a place to take my girl, please help me out.

  77. Sarah Koehl March 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Why would I love to win 2 tickets to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Kesey is one of Oregon’s greatest treasures! And thats one of his best stories! It doesn’t get any better than that!
    To read either One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) or Sometimes A Great Notion (1964) and to comprehend them-was, and still is, life-altering. Ken Kesey lives in his books, in the characters he created, and in the struggle of the individual against Big Brother. The spirit of Kesey is total freedom, and the right of the person to challenge the cosmos and the forces that be. Isn’t that Oregon in a nutshell? Who wouldn’t want to promote that?

  78. pdxRay March 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Am I too late? Draw my name!

  79. Amy Spears March 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    I think I deserve to win because I used to hang out with this old guy who would buy me beer when I was a teen. He was a former Oregon State Mental Institution patient and was kicked out and left to fend for himself due to all the budget cuts. He later killed 3 people and mutilated their bodies. Word is he ate them but I have not confirmed. His name was Lance the Cat guy!!!

  80. Lora Danielson March 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    I would be SO ridiculously ecstatic to win! I just recently relocated to Portland and I ADORE the theater. Yet, moving is costly and I have absolutely no cash to spend on indoor entertainment. It’s hard when it’s all sitting there…on Marquees, in The weekly, constant texts from friends that ARE attending…

    It would be oh-so-wonderful to have an evening of visual stimuli via stage. love.

  81. Antonia March 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    It was a great movie, but I think it could still get a great treatment as a play.

  82. Kyle March 25, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    because a little dysfunction is required for any true drama…i wanna see this!

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