"Cast and director ground the play’s giddy, unhinged quality in bright, highly articulate, physically taut comedic performances."

-Rob Avila

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Photos by Rob Melrose

"A Surreal Delight...

It’s a lively production of a compact gem that could just as easily be impenetrable in less capable hands… Translator/director Melrose’s crisp 65-minute staging brings out (the) humor beautifully and makes even the more abstruse patches entertaining.
-Sam Hurwitt

Marin Independent Journal


by Eugène Ionesco

in a new translation by Rob Melrose

directed by Rob Melrose

The Cutting Ball Theater

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"The Cutting Ball ensemble functions like a well-oiled machine… Within Melrose’s tight orchestration, each actor finds whole volumes of delicious nuances.
-Jean Schiffman

San Francisco Examiner

by Eugène Ionesco
in a new translation by Rob Melrose
The Cutting Ball Theater
October 23 - January 24

Directed by Rob Melrose
Set Design by Michael Locher
Costume Design by Bessie DeLucchi
Lighting Design by Stephanie Buchner
Original Music / Sound Design by Ryan Kleeman
​Dramaturgy by Nakissa Etemad

Mr. SmithDavid Sinaiko
Mrs. SmithPaige Rogers
Mr. MartinDonell Hill
Mrs. MartinCaitlyn Louchard
Mary, the maidAnjali Vashi
The Fire CaptainDerek Fischer

"It’s glorious and weird,

and you absolutely shouldn’t miss it."

-Chris Jensen

San Francisco Weekly

Rob Melrose

Director • Translator • Playwright     

For performance rights, please contact:

Max Grossman

Abrams Artists Agency

275 Seventh Avenue 26th Floor

New York, NY 10001