The alienation of the individual is a popular theme in art, but it is perhaps most clearly expressed theatrically by Eugene Ionesco's absurdist classic, Rhinoceros, set for revival Jan. 18-March 10 on Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Thrust Stage. Tony Award nominee Barbara Damashek (Quilters) directs.
In Rhinoceros, a man named Berenger discovers everyone around him is turning into rhinoceri. This includes his best friend Jean, his love interest Daisy, his co-workers and the ordinary townspeople. He's desperate to save them, but how? Ionesco also penned the absurdist classics, The Bald Soprano, The Chairs and The Lesson.
Geoff Hoyle stars as Berenger. A frequent Berkeley Rep star, Hoyle's credits at the theatre include Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist, the Green Bird and The First 100 Years. Jarion Monroe, an eight season Berkeley Rep vet, stars as Jean.
Also in the cast are Wilma Bonet (Mrs. Boeuf), Susan Marie Brecht (Daisy), Paul Finocchiaro (Fireman), Gerald Hiken (Botard/Old Gent), Andrew Hurteau (Dudard), Warren Keith (Papillon), Margaret Schenck (Housewife) and W. Francis Walters (Grocer).
Designing Rhinoceros are Christopher Barreca (sets), Beaver Bauer (costumes), York Kennedy (lighting) and Matthew Spiro (sound). Tickets are $138-$54. Berkeley Repertory Theatre is located at 2025 Addison Street. For reservations, call (510) 647-2949. Berkeley Rep is on the web at http://www.berkeleyrep.org.
— By Christine Ehren