A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their principles in tatters.
…you might want to leave the kids at home for this one.
PinnWorth Productions is set to present God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, from February 3 until February 12, 2017 at The Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, New Jersey. This thinking-man’s comedy is directed by Kelsey Theatre-favorite, LouJ Stalsworth, who is fresh off of his critically acclaimed production of Miss Saigon, a production that saw it’s leading lady (Lianah Sta. Ana) join the Broadway revival.
God of Carnage is a comedy of manners, without any of the manners. Conflicting personalities between the four characters bring out the worst in these couples as it becomes quite evident that they are just as bad as childish as their children.
God of Carnage features Cat Miller as “Veronica Novak”, Roman Sohor as “Michael Novak”, Kyla Mostello Donnelly as “Annette Raleigh”, and Kyrus Keenan Westcott as “Alan Raleigh”. Joining LouJ Stalsworth on the production team is Kate Pinner (Set Design/Costumes), Bob Terrano (Sound & Lighting), and Jeff Branin (Stage Management).
“Playwright Yasmina Reza’s scathing show elevates – or maybe lowers – parental oversight to places it should never go,” says director LouJ Stalsworth. “I respond to this show because dialogue is my favorite part of any show. This one is filled with the sort of smart-mouthed, clever lines that we all wish we had said and only think of after the event. Or if we do think of them in the heat of argument, the manners our mother taught us kick in and we say nothing.”
“God of Carnage” was nominated for six Tony Awards in 2009; it won three, including Best Play.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students. (This show is not recommended for children.) Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.