Saturday September 29, 2012 / 2:00pmRhinoceros
Rear Center Orchestra
How was your experience?
Rhinoceros was fast-moving, funny, ironic - and touching. The play is set in a bar, a busy office, an apartment and a street in what seems to be a small post World War II French town. This little world is rocked by the advent of what seems to be a charging rhinoceros - or is it two, or more? The staging, costumes and props in the production (by the Parisian company Theatre du Ville) were imaginative and effective. The cast was great, with the strong sense of ensemble that comes from performing together for years. Their physical actions had the fluidity and and skill of dancers or gymnasts or circus performers - this added immensely to the excitement and humor of the production. Although the relationships between main characters were lightly sketched, they felt authentic. As a fantasy, Rhinoceros was totally enjoyable. It also left open the question of who we are and what can we become when our world changes. In the performance we saw on Saturday afternoon, the lead character was a bit hard to hear early in the play. With the supertitles this wasn't really a problem.