Syllogism: Life is absurd. Theater is part of life. Therefore, theater is absurd.
It’s this kind of logic that can be heard discussed with deep and silly seriousness in Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 play “Rhinoceros,” in which an entire French town transforms into a herd of rhinos. The University of Virginia Department of Drama’s take on the play, well directed by Marianne Kubic, opened in the Helms theater on Thursday.