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God of Carnage

 

God of Carnage

SRT & The Lind

The Lind Theatre

10 – 13 July 2013

 

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward

 

Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is a comedy of manners – without any manners whatsoever!

 

‘I work like a painter. If a painter is doing a portrait of someone, he’s not interested in their childhood. He paints what he sees.’ Yasmina Reza

 

I love working with Simon Denver and I love watching his work. His latest production for SRT at The Lind Theatre in Nambour – Yasmina Reza’s acclaimed God of Carnage – suffers only from a ridiculously short season, so BOOK NOW before reading on. You don’t want to miss this one.

 

“It was SO much better than the film.” Rachel Fentiman

 

I have to admit to having never seen the film (2011), which from all accounts remains pretty faithful to the text, translated by Christopher Dangerous Liaisons Hampton, but lacks understanding of the humour inherent in the dialogue. When I was at Sydney Theatre on Tuesday night to see The Maids, I stopped in the foyer and bought a copy of God of Carnage from Glee Books, and completely forgot to read it. But even for the non-theatre goers – or should I say, especially for the non-theatre goers – this is a wonderfully easy play to follow, and funny because it’s so familiar. The awkward moments are superbly uncomfortably so, and the witty upbeat banter and barely veiled vicious attacks are just what we expect in the circumstances. Theatre is a mirror and whether or not we like what we see, Reza’s razor sharp observations of diametrically opposed parents who meet to resolve an incident between their boys, is spot on. When the shiny veneer of polite conversation and pseudo mutual respect is stripped away we see all manner of undesirable qualities rise to the surface of even the most (seemingly) together “grown up”.

 

The joy and success of this production lies in its casting, and in the deft hand of Denver. Attention to detail is key, and Denver hasn’t missed a trick. If casting is ninety percent of the job, tweaking the performances must be the final ten percent. This is the ideal Sunshine Coast cast for this play, and each experienced performer is allowed ample time and opportunity to shine. I know these actors and their performances in this production are some of the strongest I’ve seen from each of them. Something tells me it won’t be the last we’ll see of this winning combination.

 

If you’re looking for a fast-paced 90-minute fun, funny, high voltage start to your night out, God of Carnage is it, but only until Saturday. Insightful writing (inspired by a real life event!), intelligent direction and a top-notch ensemble make this production a must-see. Theatre makers and theatre lovers will know they’ve seen something special, and for those who think they’ve seen it all, particularly the teachers of drama and directors of local theatre, some of whom have been so vocal lately about what good theatre looks like, you simply can’t afford to miss experiencing God of Carnage. I hope we see a return season sometime soon, but don’t count on it. Do yourself a favour and see it straight away. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Featuring Frank Wilkie, Brett Klease, Sharon Grimly and Kate Cullen, God of Carnage must be the best non-musical on the Sunshine Coast this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next at The Lind for a strictly limited Sunshine Coast season The Tipokis present Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World

 

 

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