Rhinoceros

 

“Roars with power and
humor . . . fascinating . . .
action-packed . . . timely”

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
 

“Sharp as ever!
Ionesco’s seminal absurdist
satire . . . about the fragility of
civilized norms we take for granted”

Los Angeles Times

 

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by Eugène Ionesco
Translated by Derek Prouse
Directed by Frank Galati

May 29–June 23, 2019
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

Running time: TBA


In the opening moments of Ionesco’s masterpiece of absurdist satire, a rhinoceros rampages through a village square.
At the local café, people argue over what they saw. Was it really a rhino, or just fake news?

As the eccentric villagers shed refined façades for hides and horns—smashing windows and crushing flowerbeds—rumpled everyman Berenger faces a desperate choice: take a stand against the armored brutes or join the mindless herd?

Hailed as “masterful . . . and downright hilarious,” this outrageous, comedic story of a civilized community shifting from defiance to compliance is chillingly resonant and riotously funny. From Tony Award–winning director Frank Galati (1776 at A.C.T.) comes an all-new adaptation of this wickedly entertaining comedy about power, conformism, and mass culture.

 

 

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