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Thursday, July 12th 2007

10:04 AM

Rhinoceros review

  • Posted by: Steve Biodrowski
  • Location: City Carage - 1340 1/2 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 319-9939

The LA Weekly gave a fairly positive review (you have to scroll downa a bit to find it) to the City Garage's production of RHINOCEROS, Eugene Ionesco's 1958 satire about a town's population metamorphing into the titular animals:

  • In manner and acting approach, Troy Dunn’s lead character, Berenger, is out on his own, a soft-spoken method actor in a world of stark puppets. He’s a stand-in for Ionesco — and us — as the townsfolk benignly capitulate to thick-skinned, dull-witted conformity. Ionesco wrote this after having observed the French embrace of the Nazis, and all of the lunatic rationalizations of that embrace passing for logic. [Director Frederique] Michel shrewdly keeps Nazis and other rabid defenders of homeland security at arm’s length in a production that’s simply about the cost of being different. Though much of Ionesco’s satire is now pedantic and overwritten, the core idea, like this production, contains a horror that borders on tragedy...

The subject matter may not sound much like what we usually cover in Hollywood Gothique, but Ionesco's play - with its non-conformist gradually loosing his individuality and being subsumed into the group identity - is the archetype for everything from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Performances are on Friday, July 13 at 8pm, Saturday, July 14 at 8pm, and Sunday, July 15 at 5:30pm.


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