Friday, March 27, 2009

"God of Carnage" Gets Rave Reviews!

Well, so far this season I think I've been right on as far as how the critics would react to certain shows. This is certainly no exception. "God of Carnage" opened this past Sunday to rave reviews and in my book deserves to win the Tony for Best Play this year.

Performed by Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, and Marcia Gay Harden(Best Actress so far) under Matthew Warchus’s direction, the most maniacally mundane of horrors becomes magically theatrical. My side hurt from all the laughter at many points throughout the show. You must check this show out and don't wait too long to get tickets, it's a limited run and already very difficult to get tickets for. Call Applause Theatre Service now to get your tickets at a great price. 800-451-9930

I've put together most of the reviews for you to check out for yourself;

[ NYT ] Rumble in the Living Room, by Ben Brantley
God of Carnage definitely delivers the cathartic release of watching other people's marriages go boom.
[ NYP ] Upper-Middle-Class Clowns, by Elisabeth Vincentelli
After making you laugh, Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage leaves a bitter aftertaste. This Howitzer blast against bourgeois-bohemian hypocrisy could easily be staged as a drama. But it certainly isn't done that way here, and that's just fine—it's been a while since Broadway's seen such gleefully nasty fun.
[ DN ] Oh, God of Carnage, that's whacky theater, by Joe Dziemianowicz
James Gandolfini is one of four first-class actors at the top of their game in the combustible comedy God of Carnage, which opened Sunday night and could be called "Grownups Gone Wild!"
[ ND ] Reviewed by Linda Winer
It's a jungle up there. What fun. The two middle-aged couples in the artsy-stark Brooklyn town house only appear to be civilized parents discussing a playground fight between their 11-year-old boys. Pay attention to the opening music. Those tribal drums are hardly incidental. In fact, there isn't a false cue in Yasmina Reza's brutally entertaining 85-minute satire.
[ NY1 ] Reviewed by Roma Torre
Yasmina Reza, who first stormed Broadway with her Tony-winning play Art 11 years ago, returns with another crowdpleasing comedy. God of Carnage doesn't quite match the artfulness of that first triumph, but it's a winner and the theatre gods are smiling yet again.
[ CT ] Reviewed by Chris Jones
God of Carnage, the savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy of urban ill-manners from the French writer Yasmina Reza now at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre, shoots its entire clip of sardonic bullets in just 90 minutes
[ LAT ] Reviewed by Charles McNulty Civilization's thin veneer gets mercilessly stripped in French playwright Yasmina Reza's savage comedy about two urban couples attempting to maturely resolve an altercation that occurred between their 11-year-old sons in a neighborhood park.
[ AP ] Reviewed by Michael Kuchwara
Civility gets thoroughly trashed—along with a few other things—in Yasmina Reza's hilarious yet surprisingly thoughtful comedy.
[ B ] Gandolfini, Daniels Turn Kids' Brawl Into Class War, by John Simon
Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage proves superior entertainment at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. What a pleasant surprise to share a walloping good time with the audience at this comedy, whose ferocious title paradoxically reinforces the subtly furibund fun.
[ V ] Reviewed by David Rooney
With all the anger in the air in these dark days for the nation, there's a certain schadenfreude in watching Yasmina Reza's acid-dipped takedown of smug self-interest in God of Carnage. Examining how the straitjacket of civilized society can barely contain the primitive beast within, the fanged comedy picks an easy target in the complacent bourgeoisie. But the savagery of its dissection of interpersonal politics—marital, sexual, and civic—is played to perfection by a scorching cast in Matthew Warchus' pungent production.
[ BS ] Reviewed by David Sheward
Yasmina Reza's latest play is a well-crafted playwriting exercise rather than a believable character study.
[ ATW ] Adults Behaving Badly, by Andy Propst
Reza uses a childish incident—one boy hit another with a stick—to explore how delicate the social fabric is that keeps us two or three steps away from barbarism. It's a thoughtful premise that can invoke gales of laughter.


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