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Theater review: ‘God of Carnage’ an unpleasant way to kill an evening

Michael McKenzie as Alan, left, and Ken Krugman as Michael toast to each other while their wives, Brenny Rabine as Annete and Brigitte Viellieu-Davis as Veronica, look on during a scene from “God of Carnage” at Capital  Repertory Theatre. (Photo: Joe Schuyler)
Michael McKenzie as Alan, left, and Ken Krugman as Michael toast to each other while their wives, Brenny Rabine as Annete and Brigitte Viellieu-Davis as Veronica, look on during a scene from “God of Carnage” at Capital Repertory Theatre. (Photo: Joe Schuyler)
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I’ll be blunt. If you get a kick out of people throwing up on stage and the cheap humor that ensues, you might enjoy “God of Carnage,” Capital Repertory Theatre’s latest production — but I seriously doubt it. Any knowledgeable play-goer is bound to be offended by this production, which is labeled a comedy. At the press opening on Tuesday night there were a few forced laughs from the audience, but that’s OK because the ...


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thomwrite
May 3, 2012
10:35 a.m.

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Lest we forget, God of Carnage won for best play in 3 countries and most produced play in America right now. This Tony Award®-winning comedy that the New Yorker magazine called “ninety minutes of sustained mayhem,” offers a close-and-personal glimpse at grown ups behaving badly. We all know them -- and often, sadly, they are ourselves.

Hats off to the ensemble and to Capital Rep for not playing it safe, but including risky, new, material in its season.

The production at Capital Rep is fun and entertaining. This comedy of manners without the manners runs through Sunday, May 27. I suggest that theatre fans see for themselves! For me and the people around me on opening night, it was a hoot!

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