God of Carnage
Have you ever had an argument that started out with the best of intentions then went right off the cliff? That’s pretty much what happens in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, the winner of the 2009 Tony Award for best play. Two couples come together for a supposedly civilized conversation about a playground fight between their sons. But the evening quickly deteriorates into a brawl of finger-pointing, name-calling, tantrums and tears. And it just keeps winding up tighter and tighter. The show was a star vehicle on Broadway (one of the dads was played by James Gandolfini, aka Tony Soprano), but the Cincinnati Playhouse is more about good acting than big names, so you can be sure this production will be worth seeing. It’s directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Stern, who says, “Yasmina Reza explores the truth within all of us. Although she is a French playwright, she’s writing about human behavior we can all relate to — the story of two sets of parents who get together to discuss how their kids should get along after a fight is something everyone can understand, even if you don’t have kids. God of Carnage is as much a drama of hysterical proportions as it is a comedy with dramatic weight.” Put on your bulletproof vest for a show The New York Post called “gleefully nasty fun.”
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 1.
Where: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Address: 962 Mt. Adams Circle