Like the chalk line down the middle of feuding siblings’ bedroom floor, the line between comedy and tragedy is thin and can lead to melodramatic outbursts if crossed by mistake. Watch as the pros cautiously tread the boards with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get two tickets to see One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the McKeesport Little Theater (a $30 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, November 4, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, November 5, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m.<p>
Now in its 51st year, the McKeesport Little Theater puts on a rollicking adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, a comedy-drama that follows the roguish Randle Patrick McMurphy as he combats the draconian culture of a mental institution with a charming streak of rebellion. After successfully faking insanity to serve out his prison sentence in the hospital, Randle squares off with the sociopathic Nurse Ratched and enlists the support of an Indian whose presumed deafness and dumbness have enabled him to learn the benefits of deep introspection and the access codes for the ward’s chocolate-pudding fridge. The McKeesport Little Theater’s mission to bring quality theater to Western Pennsylvania benefits not only its audiences but also the play’s community-based actors, many of whom whittle their thespian teeth on the stage of the 207-seat theater, formerly a synagogue.