Sunday, January 10, 2010

God Of Carnage: Sinfully Entertaining

Yesterday, I went to see “God of Carnage.” The play recently got a brand-new cast -- all of whom shine in Yasmina Reza’s sharp Tony Award-winning tale.

Comedy of (Bad) Manners: From left, Jimmy Smits, Annie Potts, Christine Lahti and Ken Stott face off in "God of Carnage." (photo courtesy: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

Two couples meet after the son of one duo (Jimmy Smits and Annie Potts) breaks the teeth of the son of another (Ken Stott and Christine Lahti). At first, the four engage in polite conversation. But, as the drinks begin to flow, diplomatic niceties give way to explosive tension -- with hilarious results.

Potts is pitch perfect as the uptight wife who eventually lets it rip, while Smits exudes effortless charm as her amused, cell phone-obsessed husband. Lahti holds her own as a self-righteous do gooder, especially when she has it out on stage with Stott. Stott, who also appeared in the show’s London production, is absolutely brilliant as a self-made man who tries to be the voice of reason.

“God of Carnage” is 90 minutes of smart, funny entertainment. And now through February 28th, you can get discounted tickets at Use code GCDM121.

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