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Actress sees something for everyone with provocative ’God of Carnage’

by Joe Siegel
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Wednesday Sep 5, 2012
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"God of Carnage" rocked both London and Broadway with its cunning unraveling of civility between two upper middle class New York couples. Their sons - fifth graders -- have fought in the park; one ends up with a broken tooth and the parents get together to work out the fallout from the altercation. It isn’t long, though, before they’re acting like children, which proves funny and provocative.

Written by Yasmina Reza (who previously had a success with the similarly abrasive "Art,") "God of Carnage" won the major awards in London (the Olivier) and New York (the Tony). In reviewing the play, Ben Brantley in the New York Times wrote the play "definitely delivers the cathartic release of watching other people’s marriages go boom."

Its Punch and Judy dramatics have made it one of the most performed plays in regional theaters this past year, not to mention the Roman Polanski-star-filled film version (simply shortened to "Carnage.")

Matunuck’s Theatre By the Sea is concluding their summer season with the provocative smash hit, "God of Carnage." The show will run through September 16, 2012.

Directed by Producing Artistic Director, Amiee Turner, who directed this season’s production of "The Sound of Music," the cast includes Broadway and film and television performer Kevin Kraft and Marianne Ferrari as Alan and Annette. The show also features veteran theatre performers Robert Ierardi and Lisa Ann Goldsmith as the second couple, Michael and Veronica.

Ferrari’s character - a sophisticated fund manager - is miles away from another role with which she’s associated: the numerous characters of "Guido Girl" she played off-Broadway in the fall of 2009 in a solo play she also wrote.

"God of Carnage" is "brilliantly written and so smart," Ferrari told EDGE. "There are many different issues this play is trying to bring to the surface, and I think different people will take away different things.

"What’s so interesting is that everyone can relate on some level and the questions that the play raises, everyone can answer those questions, so I love the fact that we can take (a subject) so serious and satirize it."

Ferrari is marking her Theatre By the Sea debut with the production, and the experience has been "fantastic" in her view: "I feel so welcomed and I love Rhode Island. "Everyone really seems to be working together. It’s just so lovely. We’re creating art. Doing this and being in this beautiful environment, is just heaven."

Ferrari grew up in the Bronx and began acting at a very early age. She has appeared in productions at the Pasadena Playhouse and at the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival.

She theatricalized her growing up with "Guido Girl," in which she played no less than 16 characters. "We had a short off-Broadway run and I hope ("Guido Girl") will have another life," Ferrari said.

She also has a lot of admiration for her fellow actors in "God of Carnage," and savors the opportunity "to bring this world to life."

"It’s an absolute treat," Ferrari said, adding: "this is such a gift."

"God of Carnage" will be presented at Theatre By The Sea from September 6 - 16, 2012. For more information, visit the Theatre By The Sea website or telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 782-TKTS (8587). The box office will also be open one hour prior to every performance.

Joe Siegel has written for a number of other GLBT publications, including In newsweekly and Options.

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