THEATER

Mad About Ionesco

Geoffrey Rush gives a "knockout portrayal" of King Berenger in a new adaptation of Eugene Ionesco’s famous “Exit the King.” Susan Sarandon beautifully evokes Queen Marguerite, and New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley finds many contemporary parallels in the characters’ march toward death. “Watching him is like staring at one of Goya’s more savage caricatures,” Brantley writes of Rush. “At first you’re amused, fascinated and repelled. But the longer you look, the more human the image becomes until finally, you realize with a shudder, it has turned into a mirror.”