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"People who try to hang on to their individuality
always come to a bad end..."

by Eugene Ionesco (adapted by Derek Prouse)

A commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion, Rhinoceros shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity in a world where all others have succumbed to the “beauty” of brute force, natural energy, and mindlessness. Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety.

TSP Main Stage
July 16 - August 7, 2016

The Seeing Place @ Lynn Redgrave Theater
45 Bleecker St (at Lafayette), NYC

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RHINOCEROS Runs in Rotating Repertory with GETTING OUT by Marsha Norman



When a rhinoceros charges across the town square one Sunday afternoon, Berenger thinks nothing of it. Soon, however, rhinoceroses are popping up everywhere and Berenger’s whole world is under threat. What will it take for him to stand up to the increasing menace of rhinocerisation? Initially a parable for Nazi conformity, this powerful piece questions mob mentality and how we succumb to social pressures.

Running Time: 2:35, including a 15 minute intermission


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Special Thank You to Culture Project -
without whom these productions would not be possible.




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(Photos by Justin Hoch. Click here or on a photo above for comprehensive photo gallery.)


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Reviews for RHINOCEROS:


Sydney Arndt, Theater Is Easy- "BOTTOM LINE: A necessary and timely play about the power of group mentality and the difficulty of remaining an individual...The physicality required of the actors in this play and the necessity of a cohesive ensemble certainly aligns with the ensemble-driven and actor-centric mission of The Seeing Place Theater. Rhinoceros is a true group effort with most of the actors on stage for the entire show, a choice that directly speaks to Ionesco's commentary about conformity and societal pressures."

JK Clarke, TheaterPizzazz- "TIMELY RHINOCEROS: There hasn’t been a more appropriate time in quite a while to stage Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, and The Seeing Place Theater is to be commended for doing so...One could hardly find a more enthusiastic group of actors than this cast...One must appreciate this rare opportunity to see this important and especially relevant play."

Howard Miller, Upstage-Downstage- "It takes a brave theater company to tackle Eugène Ionesco, that great and unruly master of the absurd whose plays soar with brilliant flights of imagination but also have a propensity for plunging into long expanses of rambling philosophy...the good news is that it’s directed with a great antic air by the company’s founding artistic director Brandon Walker, who nimbly keeps things bouncily aloft through most of the evening and even manages to get us past the talky bits to regroup for a reanimated airborne ending...Everything is conducted at a brisk pace, with solid comic timing displayed by the entire cast."

Eva Heinemann, HI! Drama- "It is amazing that something written in 1959 could still be so relevant today...There is plenty to think about and in the program are questions for you to discuss further with friends or on the theater’s website...This was well acted and Brandon Walker as the director very cleverly used the Lighting Design by Duane Pagano and sound design to get a real sense of a stampeding Rhinoceros. This is a classic and shouldn’t be missed. "

Roberta Zlokower, Roberta On The Arts- "In The Seeing Place Theater’s impressive presentation of Ionesco’s 1959 play...Viewers can fill in their own thoughtful comparisons to current socio-political arguments...Actors double in production, marketing, and technical design, while making each performance “organic”, that is, engaging with each other’s energy and dynamics, spontaneously...It’s good to see revivals of rare, thought-provoking plays. Kudos to The Seeing Place Theater. "

Jeff Gaster via TimeOut NY- "A very absorbing and compelling play which makes excellent use of the unique space of the Lynn Redgrave Theater to bring the audience right into the action. The entire cast created individual and memorable persona enveloped in a challenging situation--at first unreal and eventually made to feel believable. It wouldn't have had such an impact without a tour de force performance of the central character and the moral compass of the work by Brandon Walker. The Seeing Place Theater ventures where others would never dare in sharing classics with current relevance like Ionesco's RHINOCEROS--an odd animal to begin with and hardly a form you'd expect a human to be transformed into."

Jamie B via TimeOut NY- "5 Stars. The Seeing Theater production of Rhinoceros provided comic insight into issues that are just as contemporary today as when Ionesco wrote in the post-war era. Beastly behavior versus humanistic attitudes, and following the herd no matter what still resonate in this century. I found the actors successfully let the script engage the audience thoughtfully in a way to mull over the absurdity of many events that our society encounters now more than ever. At the same time, the grunts and snorts of actors turned into rhinos made me laugh more than any joke lines. All in all, this production left me both satisfied and disturbed in a way that many plays aspire to with only modest success."

Patrick Brien, Patron Review via Facebook-"I had the pleasure and the privilege of seeing both shows on Sunday, July 31. If you are interested in theatre that challenges the senses and pushes the edge of what is possible on stage, please go see Getting Out and Rhinoceros. The Seeing Place is doing the kind of thing that should be done in our industry. That needs to be done. The performances are outstanding. The vision is precisely realized. Go to be thrilled, as I was."

Heather Violanti, Patron Review via Facebook-"So glad to have seen this provocative production of a very timely play!"

JhonnyDM, via Show Score- "What a wonderful production. I was really taken in by it. Absorbing, Great Acting, Must See, Great Writing, Great Staging. Score 100 out of 100."

Alex 6203, via Show Score- "Score 100 out of 100. Great Acting, Thought-Provoking, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging. See it if you like bizarre comedy and are politically minded."

Tony 6203, via Show Score- "Must See, Great acting, Intelligent, Great Writing, Great staging. They did a really great job."

BarbaraC, via Show Score- "Funny, Absorbing, Great Acting, Masterful. Must see if you like great work by small companies."

Tracey 2, via Show Score- "Original, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Resonant. See it if: you like theatre of the absurd; Want to understand Ionesco; Hear stories that challenge your thinking, watch things develop."

Grayre, via Show Score- "See it if you like a fine cast & company diving well if unevenly into a timely, difficult bit of theatre pertinent to our political & cultural present. Ambitious, Great Acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant."

YankeeLady36, via Show Score- "Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging. See it if you read this in school and now want to see it actually produced. Good staging. Moments/music were updated well. Comedic parts resonated."

RebeccaCB, via Show Score- "Clever, Thought-Provoking, Entertaining: See it if you would like to see a classic of the canon in a traditional way."

Gerardo 3, via Show Score- "Clever, Delightful, Great Acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing. See it if you really enjoy absurdist theater, and if you can take you mind of reality and play the game."

Chris 6200, via Show Score- "Funny, Great Acting, Profound, Relevant, Great staging. See it if you love intense plays that make you think."

Lydia R, via Show Score- "Funny, Great Acting, Thought-Provoking."

Jon 6203, via Show Score- "Score 98 out of 100. Must See, Great Acting, Profound, Resonant, Great Staging."

Samantha 54 via Show Score- "Funny, Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing. See it if you enjoy absurdist humor, smaller productions where the action is happening in front of you, and women playing some roles written for men."


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