Saturday, June 13, 2015

Parents turn into children in God of Carnage, playing at the Hangar Theatre

Last Friday I had the pleasure to attend opening night of the Hangar Theatre's first play of their 2015 season, God of Carnage, by Yasmina Renza, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Steve Pacek.

Winner of the 2009 Tony award for best play, God of Carnage, starts out as an uptight, polite conversation between two sets of parents. Their sons had had an altercation on the playground, and the parents felt it necessary to meet. Refined conversation quickly devolves into a hilariously uncivilized situation that had the audience roaring with laughter. All four cast members, Hillary Parker; Amy Tribbey; Brendan Powers and William Langanare are remarkably talented, and I especially enjoyed Tribbey as the benevolent, endlessly tidy Veronica. While God of Carnage is definitely not a show for kids, (it contains strong adult language and mature themes), it is definitely a show parents can relate to. God of Carnage is playing this Sunday afternoon and next Saturday afternoon, as well as and every night through June 20.

Also opening this week, the first show of Hangar's fantastic Kiddstuff series, The Emperor's New Clothes. More info on the Kiddstuff shows can be found in my last blog post here.

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