God of Carnage
GOD OF CARNAGE
by Yasmina Reza
translated by Christopher Hampton
Nov 23 – Dec 15, 2013
Presented by David Mirvish as part of OFF-MIRVISH: The Second Stage Series
A comedy of manners… without the manners
Winner: Best Independent Theatre Production, BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards
Benjamin and Henry have had a fight.
Their parents are meeting for a civil discussion of the incident.
At least that’s the plan.
Tensions flare, and the gloves come off in this hilarious, Tony award–winning comedy that strikes at the heart of bourgeois civility and reveals the savagery beneath the polished facade of polite society.
God of Carnage has enjoyed tremendous success in productions around the world. Christopher Hampton’s translation (Yasmina Reza’s original is in French) won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Comedy in the UK and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway, where it became the longest running comedy of the 2000s.
Studio 180’s production marked the Toronto English-language premiere of the internationally acclaimed work, and our second year of participation in Mirvish Productions’ exciting OFF-MIRVISH series (which we helped launch with our 2013 production of Clybourne Park). God of Carnage was part of the Mirvish 50th Anniversary season.
DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Mark McGrinder
FEATURING John Bourgeois, Linda Kash, Tony Nappo, Sarah Orenstein
SET & COSTUME DESIGN John Thompson
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
SOUND DESIGN Michael Laird
HEAD OF PROPERTIES Vanessa Janiszewski
STAGE MANAGER Andrea Schurman
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Laura Baxter
Season Sponsor 2013/14
Reviews from Studio 180’s production of GOD OF CARNAGE
“TERRIFIC PRODUCTION. . . . Directed with a firm yet delicate hand by Joel Greenberg. . . . The cast of four is exemplary.”
Lynn Slotkin, CIUT FRIDAY MORNING, 89.5fm
“A GRAND THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. A superb cast detonates a verbal explosion which would be painful if it wasn’t SAVAGELY FUNNY.”
“A BLACKLY FUNNY reminder that in the battle of nature over nurture, nature always holds the WINNING hand.”
“Lives up to the HIGH STANDARDS that Studio 180 has always set itself.”
“EXCELLENT! A thoroughly satisfying night of theatre, with moments of intense discomfort and of ABSOLUTE HILARITY. Sharp, thoughtful and bloody funny!”
Mooney on Theatre
“FAST PACED, EXPLOSIVE & HILARIOUS. I could relate to each character and could recognize many of the parents I know… It’s about life as we’re trying to muddle our way through it.”
“HILARIOUS! You won’t want to laugh for fear of missing a great line – but you won’t be able to help yourself!”
“If you want to see FOUR GREAT ACTORS STRUTTING THEIR STUFF, head to the Panasonic to see Studio 180’s production of God of Carnage.”
We have been married 31 years and the dialogue was dead on! We dance around the real issue when we argue.
That show was amazing, funny and very original. Thanks guys.
Still processing. Quick dialogue, witty, something to think about that sticks with us.
Terrific cast and well-produced. We found the show compelling and very watchable. Didn’t know what to expect but we’re glad we came.
Great fun! You choose good plays and do them well.
It’s been a long time since we have seen a play like this. Great set design, staging and a play that brings interesting thoughts that are at the same time familiar and novel. Very good way to spend an afternoon.