By Ed Rampell

Tackling Totalitarianism with Absurdity

Eugène Ionesco’s 1959 parable about pachyderms belongs to the Theatre of the Absurd. Yet, the production of Rhinoceros, now at Pacific Resident Theatre through September 10th, is an example of a work that speaks to today’s zeitgeist. The Theatre of the Absurd isn’t just a genre. We wake up to it every morning.

The plot seems similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel’s 1956 sci-fi classic made during the height of Cold War hysteria, wherein spores

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