Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Rhinoceros (New Yiddish Rep)

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Profound

About the show

New Yiddish Rep presents the Yiddish world premiere of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist classic about a small French village whose inhabitants start transforming into rhinos. More…

The sublime is merged with the ridiculous in this savage commentary on the human condition as an individual citizen of a small town watches his friends turn into rhinoceroses one by one until he alone stands unchanged. Nearly 60 years since its debut, 'Rhinoceros' remains a startling allegory, as darkly comedic as it is terrifying. Performed in Yiddish with English supertitles.

2h 0m | Already closed | Castillo Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (5)


Thought-provoking, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Profound

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Strong lead performances, Uneven pacing

See it if You appreciate pungent political metaphors and want to support Yiddish theater.

Don't see it if You are irritated by absurdist plays or don’t want to read supertitles.

Also Certainly topical today, and the choice to translate this classic into... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You're looking for something different, you enjoy Theatre of the Absurd or you speak Yiddish.

Don't see it if You can't handle supertitles or you don't like absurd dramas

Quirky, Funny, Clever, Profound, Resonant

See it if You speak Yiddish, you want to see a really unique classic in a unique interpretation and in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You can't follow Yiddish or supertitles. If you don't like theater of the absurd.

Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in propaganda and uniformity.

Don't see it if you have difficulties with subtitles.

Absorbing, Great acting, Dizzying, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You can see the parallel between the play's theme and what happened in the 1930's -- and what may seem to be happening now. Great acting!

Don't see it if You are expecting a play from which you'll emerge smiling.

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September 14th, 2017
"Even though Moshe Yassur’s production has a hazy, haphazard feel, in times like ours, a story about ordinary people seduced by fascist overtures seems too, well, on the nose...The production still felt provisional, with...a general uncertainty as to how broadly to play the roles. There did not s...
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September 14th, 2017
"Yassur's direction is bold and intelligent. Rosen's translation is clear...Unfortunately most of the performances are delivered in one mode: whiny, angsty, and loud...As the play's prime character, Twersky spent the bulk of his time mugging at maximum volume regardless of what was happening...Th...
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September 15th, 2017
"Ionesco in Yiddish is a brilliant idea, but the execution leaves something to be desired...Twersky works furiously to carry the weight of this talky, cerebral comedy on his slight shoulders. It’s too bad that the direction, provided by Yassur, is so insufficient. The actors are all exceedingly g...
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September 15th, 2017
"Mamma mia! Wotta production! Wotta performance! Profound. Touching. And even more contemporary now than when it was written...I found the New Yiddish Rep’s production remarkable...I am totally thrilled with the New Yiddish Rep’s ability to find actors who grew up speaking Yiddish and act as well...
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