There are good performances, for the most part. I especially enjoyed the self-delusive enthusiasm of Moller's Jean. Carisa Anik Platt is a sure crowd-pleaser as the anguished Housewife distraught over her flattened cat — her hysteria is hysterical. Elise LeBreton has a couple of small roles, but she really shines in some inventive stage business, sitting mutely while the main action goes on across the stage.

Ionesco chose an excellent animal stand-in for such a transformation of human beings. We are indeed stupid, shortsighted, lumbering creatures who can be harmless enough just wandering around but are potentially quite dangerous. That's our real existential plight.

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