by Austin Pendleton
directed by Brad Dalton
September 14 – 29, 2019
An ingenious tale of two Hollywood giants—Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier. The time is 1960; the place is a West End theater. Legendary critic Kenneth Tynan has made a startling proposal: Welles should direct Olivier and the young Joan Plowright in Rhinoceros, Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece. But it is the rehearsal process that brims with absurdity as titanic personalities, including Vivien Leigh, wrestle the muse in this witty and incisive depiction of drama, both on and off-stage. Plays in rep with Rhinoceros.
“…beguiling and thematically substantial…full of wit, intelligence and salacious interest.” —Chicago Tribune.