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March 13, 2014

Community Theatre to bring Tony Award-winning play to stage

‘God of Carnage’ to open Friday

TERRE HAUTE — Some call it a comedy, while others call it a drama. “God of Carnage” was the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play, and Community Theatre of Terre Haute will present it this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as March 21-23. Written by French playwright Yasmina Reza, it takes a look at how humans handle conflict, especially when emotions run high. Sharon Russell is directing the play.

Originally written in French in 2008 as “Le Dieu de Carnage,” “God of Carnage” also premiered in London in 2008 and in the U.S. in 2009. In addition to the Tony Award, it won the Laurence Olivier Award for best comedy. The one-act play has also been performed throughout Europe and in Canada. Roman Polanski directed a film adaptation in 2011 called “Carnage.”

As with many contemporary plays, the cast is small. Denise Collins and Jeffrey Ford play Veronica and Michael, a couple whose son lost teeth in a playground incident the previous day. They invite Alan and Annette, the parents of the young assailant, played by Todd Berry and Marie Wimsett, over to discuss the incident and make plans for next steps.

What begins as a civil discussion turns sour as the women turn against the men, couples turn against each other, wives stand up for a defenseless hamster and a husband doesn’t try very hard to be involved at all.

Reza calls for a minimalist set for the play. With this story, the star is really the spoken word rather than fancy sets, props or costumes.

“This play has a lot of references to conflict in the world,” Russell explained, so the issues do go beyond playground tussles and hamster neglect. For this reason, the director and actors will stay after the March 15 and March 21 performances for talkback sessions. “We will be available to answer questions from the audience about issues they would like to discuss,” she added.

Readers should note that the play contains strong language so is not recommended for children or those offended by PG-13 dialogue.

The ticket office is open this week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as one hour before show time.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and youth. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30.

Community Theatre is located at the corner of 25th and Washington streets. Learn more at or call the ticket office at 812-232-7172.

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