God of Carnage
Two sets of parents must decide how to manage their rowdy children.Average Rating: based on 6 votes
Show Category: Comedy
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden
|Opening:||Feb 28, 2009|
|Closing:||Jun 5, 2010|
Show Website: http://godofcarnage.com
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 West 45th Street
Between 7th and 8th Ave.
What a unique show. God of Carnage is a comedy about two sets of parents discussing a fight their children had. Although their discussions begin cordially, they soon devolve into absolute mayhem.
Most of the comedy is cynical banter between the four adults. Each parent has their own persona and agenda, and the interactions between them are quite funny.
The actors do a great job pulling off their roles. At the beginning of the show, the dialogue seemed forced, but later on, things feel more natural. It wasn't until after the show that I realized how fitting this was for the situation. The dialogue was just right.
God of Carnage is one of the more unique broadway comedy shows I've seen. I haven't seen its brand of cynical and insulting humor duplicated elsewhere.
The show, which lasts about 90 minutes, is performed without an intermission. There is a fair amount of profanity, although nothing else inappropriate.
The play begins in a formal setting. Two sets of parents sitting around a coffee table filled with collectible books, two vases of fresh white tulips and a clean crisp living room. The conversation is formal yet a little awkward. Their children had a bit of a fight in which one child was physically injured. Their discussion relates to their children and how to resolve the matter. A typical evening, complete with a home baked dessert. The characters each have their quirks. The one father has some interesting side-plot conversations rather loudly on his cell phone, constantly interrupting the discussion. Pretty soon, it is clear the parents do not agree in their methods of parenting and the discussion begins to escalate. When the guest throws up all over the living room and collectible books, the meeting turns into complete carnage. Discussions turn into full-blown yelling and fighting, and the calm and polite parents gradually turn to immature and drunken behavior. The play ends with the living room in shambles.
The play is laugh-out-loud funny, with a mix of witty and silly humor. It is all done in one act, running 90 minutes without an intermission. The cast was full of strong actors. I thought Marcia Gay Harden was especially good in her role.
This show has a great well-known cast. It was clever, funny, and emotional. The carnage that ensued was hilarious. Everyone in my group had an enjoyable time.
Who would have thought that a play that revolves around two sets of parents endlessly failing to discuss their kids' altercation like adults would captivate my attention as well as have me laughing out loud? Well, God of Carnage does that and more.
The set, a living room, is simple, but the play is anything but. It has amazing performances, great writing, and comedy, all the while addressing issues like parenting and class warfare.
It's definitely worth the price of admission.
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