Why is the play "Rhinoceros" by Eugene Ionesco considered absurdist?

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The play Rhinoceros is considered absurdist fiction because by the end of the play all logic and rationality has broken down.  It starts rationally enough with a conversation between two friends, but begins its turn towards the absurd when unexplained rhinos show up and start to wreak havoc.  Next it progresses even further with the characters themselves turning into rhinos.  By the last act all but three characters have turned into a rhinos.  This progression of increasing absurdity through depictions of that which could never occur (humans turning into rhinos) is what makes the play a member of the Theatre of the Absurd.  It is largely taken as commentary against the prevailing political unrest and resistance to Communism of the 1950s and early 1960s