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March 23rd, 2009

God of Carnage: Cobble Hill Playground Parents Subject of new B’way Play

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My friend is an understudy in "God of Carnage." which opened last night on Broadway and I'd heard that the play by Yasmina Reza, author of "Art" and "Life x 3" is very good.

The play, which is about two Brooklyn couples who meet to discuss a Cobble Hill playground fight between two of their children, opened last night. Marcia Gay Harden, Jame Gadolfini, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels star. The following is from the Ben Brantley review in the NY Times.

"Examined coldly, this 90-minute play about two couples who meet to
discuss a playground fight between two of their children isn’t much
more than a sustained Punch and Judy show, dressed to impress with
sociological accessories. But there’s a reason that Punch and Judy’s
avatars have fascinated audiences for so many centuries in cultural
forms low (“The Honeymooners” of 1950s television) and high (Edward Albee’s 1962 drama “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”).

"“God of Carnage,” which is poised somewhere in between, definitely
delivers the cathartic release of watching other people’s marriages go
boom. A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage
instinct, this play (which recently won the Olivier Award in London for
best new comedy) is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment with
an intellectual veneer."
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