Friday, February 26, 2010

Ionesco’s ‘Rhinoceros’ stampedes the stage

Play explores social themes of conformity

Express Staff Writer

The Community School Players are performing Eugene Ionesco's "Rhinoceros," a play about "groupthink" and social ideology. The play was written in 1959 and is part of a number of plays labeled as Theatre of the Absurd.

Ionesco wrote the play as a reaction to communism, fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War II. Throughout the course of "Rhinoceros," inhabitants of a tiny French town become rhinoceroses. The play explores the themes of conformity, culture, philosophy and morality.

Director Fritz Brun said he has waited 17 years for the cast of "Rhinoceros" to appear in the ever-changing constellation of Community School students.

"I badly wanted to direct it," Brun said. "I think you will agree that the marvelous group of student actors you are about to see are well worth the wait. And, you will discover that though inspired by historical events, 'Rhinoceros' is not a thing of the past. It has become a classic."

The performances will take place tonight and Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Matinee performances will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Community School Theatre in Sun Valley.

Tickets, $8 for adults and $4 for students, are available at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum and at the theatre door. For details, call the theatre hotline at 622-3955, ext. 133.

Tonight's performance is Theatre Senior Night to celebrate departing seniors who have played an active role in The Community School Theatre.

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