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A disconcertingly timely revival of 'Rhinoceros' warns of the easy surrender to herd mentality

A disconcertingly timely revival of 'Rhinoceros' warns of the easy surrender to herd mentality

“It's silly to get worked up because a few people decide to change their skins.”

So goes the excuse as easygoing provincial townsfolk spontaneously transform into the rampaging pachyderms of Eugene Ionesco’s seminal absurdist satire, “Rhinoceros.”

In the easy surrender of their very humanity lies the play’s warning about the fragility of civilized norms we take for granted, illuminated with darkly hilarious urgency in Pacific Resident Theatre superbly staged and disconcertingly timely revival.

Written in 1959 in alarmed reaction to the mid-20th century proliferation of totalitarian “isms” (fascism, communism, nationalism — name your ideological poison of choice),...

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