"God of Carnage" opens next Wednesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre reuniting the original Tony Award-nominated Broadway cast of Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden in the scathingly funny, Tony Award-winning Best Play. The production is currently in previews and will play through May 29 only. Check out photos from the production below!
Written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, "God of Carnage" won three Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Director (Matthew Warchus) and Best Actress (Marcia Gay Harden). Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and James Gandolfini also received Tony nominations for their performances.
After seeing this cast on Broadway, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote "Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly . . . highly skilled stage performers take on roles that allow them to rip the stuffing out of one another, tear up the scenery, stomp on their own vanity and have the time of their lives."
Hailed by Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post as ". . . gleefully nasty fun," "God of Carnage" is set in a gentrified section of Brooklyn where two married couples meet to sort out a playground fight between their sons. At first, niceties are observed but as the evening progresses and the rum flows, the gloves come off and the night becomes a side-splitting free-for-all of verbal brawling. Linda Winer of Newsday said "God of Carnage" is ". . . brutally entertaining," while syndicated columnist Liz Smith raved, "Hysterical! Fasten your seat belts and go!" and Variety's David Rooney thought it was "Played to perfection by a scorching cast."
Tickets for "God of Carnage" are available by calling (213) 972-4400 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or in person at the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center.
"God of Carnage" is produced by Robert Fox, David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Jon B. Platt, The Weinstein Company and The Shubert Organization, and presented at the Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group.
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus