Closed 2h 45m
Rhinoceros
East Village
61

Rhinoceros NYC Reviews and Tickets

61%
(49 Reviews)
Positive
45%
Mixed
33%
Negative
22%
Members say
Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (49)

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

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.

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.

Critic Reviews (3)

July 22nd, 2016

"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."
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August 4th, 2016

“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.”
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July 27th, 2016

"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."
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