The autumn show at Theatre by the Sea is the Rhode Island premiere of the Tony Award winning Best Play, "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza. The show is a comedy of manners without the manners. This internationally acclaimed comedy takes you into the most dangerous place on Earth: parenthood. The play is about two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. Although they set out to resolve the childhood quarrel with civility and maturity, however, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into unmannered chaos. Director Amiee Turner casts the show beautifully and obtains stunning results from her hard working cast.
Amiee keeps the show fast paced in this thought provoking outing. The antics of the cast are priceless and have to be seen to be believed with many twists and turns along the way. The parents become like the children they are talking about. Kevin Kraft and Marianne Ferrari play Alan and Annette Raleigh. Alan, a lawyer is never off his cell phone and Annette likes to manage her husband's wealth. He is a cold uncaring man and she is a long suffering wife. Robert Ierardi and Lisa Ann Goldsmith as Michael and Veronica Novak. Michael is a self-made salesman with an unwell mother and Veronica is writing a book about Darfur. They have dynamite chemistry together, garnering many laughs along the way. Some of the funniest moments occur after the couples start to drink rum and when Annette vomits onstage and then drowns Alan's cell phone. The vomiting scene is a startling moment in the play and as Michael and Veronica clean it up the laughter escalates at their crazy antics. Robert's description of their daughter's hamster is hysterical as is when Kevin gathers the tulips in his hands and Lisa and Marianne have a wonderful crying scene. To say anymore about the show will spoil it for the audience. So for a look at a contemporary comedy, be sure to catch "God of Carnage" at Theatre by the Sea. The 80th season's shows will be "Nunsense", "Cats", La Cage Aux Folles" and "Annie