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