Theater: New Play on Broadway: Jan. 20, 1961

Rhinoceros (translated from the French of Eugene lonesco by Derek Prouse) finally breached Broadway's avant-guarded walls for France's perkiest avant-gardist. The play, to be sure, has been trumpeted enough: its history included Paris and London productions with Jean-Louis Barrault and Laurence Olivier; its story dealt with people becoming rhinoceroses. If, for all that, it isn't a real Broadway event, it has its virtues as an oddity.

Often taxed with being woefully—and willfully—obscure, Playwright lonesco in Rhinoceros is by curtain time all too obvious. To the most insistent of modern-day themes, conformity, he brings the most extravagant of illustrations: that, mass-pressured enough, people...

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