excerpted from “Rhinoceros,” ACT THREE, by Eugéne Lonesco (Paris, 1960) DUDARD: You seem very sure of yourself. Who can say where the normal stops and the abnormal begins? Can you personally define these conceptions of normality and abnormality? Nobody has solved this problem yet, either medically or philosophically... BERENGER: The problem may not be resolved philosophically—but in practice it is simple... DUDARD: ...In Galileo’s case it was the opposite: theoretic and scientific thought proving itself superior to mass opinion and dogmatism. BERENGER: ...I don’t give a damn about Galileo. DUDARD: You brought him up in the first place and raised the whole question, saying that practice always had the last word. Maybe it does, but only when it proceeds from theory! The history of thought and science proves that. BERENGER: It doesn’t prove anything of the sort! It’s all gibberish, utter lunacy! DUDARD: There again we need to define exactly what we mean by lunacy...
Karla Rothstein, critic. Jennifer Preston, TA
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Patrick Cobb