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.
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.
"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."
“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.”
"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."