God of Carnage Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 17 2011

Yesterday, Alan and Annette's 11-year-old, Benjamin, picked up a stick and clopped Veronica and Michael's son, Henry, in the mouth with it at Cobble Hill Park. A couple teeth were broken. A nerve was exposed. Extra-strength Tylenol was administered. Specialists were consulted. Today, Alan and Annette are sitting in Veronica and Michael's spacious, white Brooklyn apartment, assuming liability and discussing how to make this a teachable moment for the boys. At least, that's what they start out doing. Before Yasmina Reza's 75-minute play is over the four of them will be very far gone on rum, saying some awfully inappropriate things and trashing certain expensive items. Oh, and Annette will have vomited all over Veronica's rare Kokoschka art book. God of Carnage is a classic comedy of manners: get some nice people together, give them just the slightest nudge, and watch them devolve. But Reza takes the convention to hilarious extremes, pushing a sharp probe into the soft gums of several sanctimonious lies--including the one about how parents love their kids. Reza is incredibly lucky to have Rick Snyder and his marvelous cast performing her play. Mary Beth Fisher's right arm alone is something to watch as it presents a sort of evening-length pedantic ballet. But David Pasquesi is positively archetypal as Alan, a big-time lawyer with just the perfect hint of nihilism in his smile. --Tony Adler

Price: $25-$88

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