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Rhinoceros

Members say: Slow, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting
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Critics
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3 reviews
Members
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49 reviews
 

The Seeing Place Theater presents a revival of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist classic about a small town whose citizens begin turning into rhinos.

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A commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion, 'Rhinoceros' shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity in a world where most others have succumbed to the 'beauty' of brute force, natural energy, and mindlessness. Ionesco startles audiences with a world that erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. Playing in repertory with a revival of Marsha Norman's 'Getting Out.'

 

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Reviews (52)

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67
Avg Score

80
Upstage-Downstage

“While this production cannot avoid all of the digressive traps, the good news is that it’s directed with a great antic hand by the company’s founding artistic director Brandon Walker, who nimbly keeps things bouncily aloft through most of the evening and even manages to get us past the talky bits to regroup for a reanimated airborne ending...Everything is conducted at a brisk pace, with solid comic timing displayed by the entire cast.” Full Review

60
Theater Pizzazz

"One could hardly find a more enthusiastic group of actors, but a good deal of their dialog is unhearable...An hour could have been cut without impacting the story…Considering the rise of racial strife as well the extreme culturally exclusionary proposals being touted in this year’s presidential race, it seems like downplaying that vital part of 'Rhinoceros' is a missed opportunity. One must, nonetheless, appreciate this rare opportunity to see this important and especially relevant play." Full Review

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On Stage Blog

"When the text is permitted to do its job in this production, the complexity and modern application of Ionesco's work is apparent. Sadly, I found this mission is largely marred by some distracting directorial choices and an unfortunate lack of absurdist acting technique...This particular production, with all its good intentions, would have been better served putting the language first and avant-garde innovation second." Full Review

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60
Avg Score

44
Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if If you have nothing else to do

Don't see it if Correct dont

50
Funny, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a light hearted production of a heavy topic play. Brandon Walker was much better as an actor than a director.

Don't see it if you need your Ionesco to be actually interesting.

80
Original, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like theatre of the absurd. Want to understand Ionesco. Hear stories that challenge your thinking, watch things develop.

Don't see it if You're looking for classic boy meets girl feel good entertainment in a classic setting. If don't want to use your imagination.

79
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like a fine cast & company diving well if unevenly into a timely, difficult bit of theatre pertinent to our political & cultural present

Don't see it if You don't like existential theatre or political theatre or ideas; or words; or disquisitions on choice, conformity & the herding instinct.

68
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Overwhelming, Busy

See it if you like absurdist works and can handle shows with a lot going on both on and off stage.

Don't see it if you're brain can't watch a play and read things around you and deal with actors walking all over and making noise while a scene is happening

66
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow, Awkward

See it if you want to see one of the seminal works of absurdist theatre, smartly staged and still resonant in our current times.

Don't see it if the uneven performances, disjointed translation & slow Act II will distract you from an ambitious mounting of a rarely-performed piece.

50
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if If you enjoy political statements being made in shows and seeing work by a new theatre company. Act one had some great work.

Don't see it if Are easily distracted by actors in the audience, don't have a long attention span. Felt act 2 dragged on and on.

65
Ambitious, Great writing, Slow, Uneven performances, Distracting staging

See it if You understand that you'll be seeing an absurdist play. You want to see an historic, rarely performed classic play.

Don't see it if You expect a uniformly talented cast-some performers are great, some are awful! You're unfamiliar w/absurdism.

65
Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you enjoy absurdism and thought-provoking theater

Don't see it if you like shows that grab you right from the first five minutes (the opening scene drags on...the last one kind of does too)

60
Original, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if Want to see good change of scenery in a show.

Don't see it if If you want to see something that is not dizzying.

42
Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are an avid theatre goer who strongly supports small productions or you have a friend in the cast.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy absurdist theatre, can't tolerate mediocre acting or your time is valuable to you.

63
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow

See it if If you enjoy a humorous allegory.

Don't see it if You expect a conventional story-line.

40
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a big fan of eugene ioneso, the core of the play is still here.

Don't see it if you want to see a well put on play.

45
Ambitious, Dizzying, Banal, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if you want the smallest glimpse of what this great play could have been. The acting is deplorable.

Don't see it if if you have no interest in Theater of the Absurd or Ionesco.

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to learn about theatre of the absurd and if you want to experience a small theatre company that does great work consistently.

Don't see it if You don't want to commit time to a production that is intellectually demanding. This production speaks to many issues of our day.

24
Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if If you know someone in it. You like absurdity LOGIC: 1. The actors were good, play bad 2. Play good, actors bad or 3. Actors bad, play bad.

Don't see it if I couldn't sit through it. I was done 15min in. Truly abysmal. I hoped it would get better, but by half time I was done. Ridiculous.

69
Original, Ambitious, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a bit of structured improv, have an inclination for the absurd, want to support small theater companies.

Don't see it if you are looking for a cohesive storyline, hate the abstract, and are uncomfortable with awkwardness.

75
Intelligent, Great writing, Slow

See it if You like Eugene Ionesco absurdist allegory. I saw the 1961 production with Zero Mostel & Eli Wallach & could not get it out of my mind.

Don't see it if if you do not care for the theater of the absurd

39
Intense, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Dated

See it if Like to use your imagination or maybe support people you know in the cast.

Don't see it if Want to waste three precious hours you could use to do other things.

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you have never seen this theater of the absurd classic that is just as relevant today as it was when it was first produced.

Don't see it if you don't like longish plays that require some thought on your part.

73
Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You read this in school and now want to see it actually produced. Good staging. Moments/music were updated well. Comedic parts resonated.

Don't see it if If you're picky about pace. Parts dragged a bit despite the desperation of the stakes. Read a blurb about the context of themes first.

65
Ambitious, Slow, Dated

See it if you're a fan of Ionesco & absurdist theatre in general. It was certainly absurd. Also if you know someone in the cast & want to support them

Don't see it if you're not willing to work for it a little. The story is tough, & the uneven acting (and apparent lack of direction) don't make it easier.

20
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if you have a fetish for vanity projects, bad pacing, or indiscriminately shouted dialogue

Don't see it if you have literally anything else to do

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Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Horrifying

See it if Do not. There is no redeeming reason. No art taking place. This is beyond amateur and mediocre. This company should be dismantled/eradicated

Don't see it if you have a modicum of respect for yourself and for performance as an art form.

50
Dizzying, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Dated

See it if You are REALLY into philosophy and metaphors.

Don't see it if You want to see a light-hearted, easy to grasp show.