Rhinoceros | Public House Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Rhinoceros The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through March 25 2017

The urge to conform, to stampede in array with the rest of the grunting, thick-skinned majority, is still a political reality, and to the extent that it is—and to the extent that public life continues to be a parody of itself—Eugène Ionesco’s great antifascist comedy will keep its tang forever. That said, while its presentation here at Public House Theatre doesn’t lack charm, it’s a sloppy outing overall: the light makes everyone’s hair look purple, and Derek Prouse’s translation hasn't aged any better than the play’s hideous wardrobe of shiny vests. Alexander Baggett is witty and appropriately meek as Berenger, the dissipated holdout/principled outcast whose vanity (and vanity is all he has) won't let him join the herd. —Max Maller

Price: $20

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