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  Rhinoceros at Pacific Resident Theatre


Pacific Resident Theatre
703 Venice Blvd. Venice

Rhinoceros was written as a response to and criticism of the sudden upsurge of Communism, Fascism, and Nazism during events preceding World War II. It explores mob mentality and conformity. Ionesco was inspired to write this piece as he watched the rise of the fascist Iron Guard in Romania, saying, “I don’t know if you have noticed it, but when people no longer share your opinions, when you can no longer make yourself understood by them, one has the impression of being confronted with monsters—rhinos, for example. They have that mixture of candor and ferocity. They would kill you with the best of consciences.”

Thru - Aug 13, 2017

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $25 - $34

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-822-8392

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  Rhinoceros Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...The comfortably detached perspective of a stable Western democracy has afforded critics (myself included) the longtime luxury of discounting Ionesco’s pointed social commentary as comic exaggeration. While the comedy in “Rhinoceros” remains as sharp as ever, when it comes to exaggeration — nowadays, not so much."
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Philip Brandes

Broadway World - Recommended

"...Director Guillermo Cienfuegos expertly guides his talented RHINOCEROS cast with tight, sturdy reins in a truly full-length play (three acts, spanning close to three hours) now at the Pacific Resident Theatre."
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Gil Kaan

LA Splash - Highly Recommended

"...This side-splitting tale harnesses the extraordinary skills of a perfect cast as they fight - and then begin to succumb - to their own fatal attraction. Jean's descent into rhinocitis is a joy to behold, and special kudos are in order for Alex Fernandez. Director Guillermo Cienfuegos has outdone himself as he helms this uproarious cautionary fable of lemmings going to the sea - and the one hold-out who may just be too dumb to follow suit. RHINOCEROS is a superb blend of slapstick and satire."
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Elaine L. Mura

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...Ionesco’s play prowls the fertile terrain of allegory and symbol, and does so by turns with subtlety and blunt force, as well as engaging humor. This odd transformation runs all of three hours in three acts, and uses an array of different characters, but it is thoroughly rewarding. Cienfuegos’s staging is top-tier impressive, as are dynamic performances of the ensemble."
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Lovell Estell III

Theatre Notes - Highly Recommended

"...Pacific Resident Theatre mounts a stunning production of Rhinoceros, with a sterling cast performing at the peak of their abilities. Director Guillermo Cienfuegos keeps the pace crisp and the action insightful. David Mauer's scenic design, with lighting by Justin Preston, is a wonder, with one particular set change garnering enthusiastic applause. Christine Cover Ferro's costume design reflects the period in high style while supporting character. The creative staff includes choreographer Myrna Gawryn, prop designer Dan Cole, and hair design by Danielle Spencer."
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Paul Myrvold

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