Danny DeVito

Battle of wills in 'Cuckoo's Nest' at Laurel Mill

Battle of wills in 'Cuckoo's Nest' at Laurel Mill

In a change of pace from popular musicals, light comedy and children’s theater, Dale Wasserman’s rarely seen “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” at Laurel Mill Playhouse is almost too much drama for the little theater on Main Street to contain.

Based on American author Ken Kesey’s novel published in 1962, the play appeared on Broadway in New York City in 1963, running for less than 100 performances.

Eight years later, an off-Broadway revival featured Danny DeVito, who reprised his role in the Academy award-winning 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson.

The title comes from the novel’s epigraph, a child’s counting rhyme — “one flew east, one flew west, one flew over the...