June Theater: Dark Comedy and the Absurd

Explore interesting and hilarious experiments in dark comedy and absurdity on stage this month. Here are just a few selections from our comprehensive calendar. See all theater events in the Bay Area here.

Rhinoceros: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater, June 5-July 23


Eugène Ionesco’s mid-20th-century theater of the absurd classic about the dangers of mindless conformity marks the end of A.C.T. artistic director Pam MacKinnon’s first season here. The all-new adaptation of the comedy, in which a lone Everyman faces a rampage of rhinos, is directed by Tony Award-winner Frank Galati.  See details.


The Bald Soprano: Cutting Ball Theater, June 5-16


Cutting Ball returns to its absurdist roots for the end of its 20th-anniversary season, reprising its 2008 production of Eugène Ionesco’s downright nutty comedy in which two middle-class couples seem to be conversing in empty banalities—but are they?  See details.

Archduke: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, June 8-30


Rajiv Joseph, known for the wonderful “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” wrote this dark comedy—a Northern California premiere at TheatreWorks—about the 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the event that launched World War I.  See details.

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