God of Carnage Review | Online Exclusives, March 2012

Mind Your Manners

Revel in grown-ups behaving badly

Online ExclusivesOne room, a vase of yellow tulips and just the right amount of rum set the scene for four parents in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, a comedy that kept audience members laughing from beginning to end at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

While dealing with the quarrels of their children, the respectable couples wrestle with manners, morals and their own marriages.

Michael and Veronica Novak (Tim Grimm and Shannon Holt) host Alan and Annette Raleigh (Ryan Artzberger and Constance Macy) to discuss a playground incident between their sons. What is intended to be a peaceful and polite meeting quickly gains tension as the four dispute whether Benjamin Raleigh was “armed” or “furnished” with a stick.

Delve into the lives of these characters as their flaws are revealed. The energetic cast comforts the audience with raw humor and cathartic relief.

You may want to leave the kids at home because as the emotion escalates so does the strong language.

I enjoyed watching alliances switch and found myself rallying with Annette in her frustrations as her husband constantly answered his cell phone.

Catch the 90-minute show through March 24 at the IRT. Tickets range from $30 to $55. Call (317) 635-5252 or log on irtlive.com.

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