God of Carnage At NTC Pure Hilarity and Perfection
Farcical drama at its best! The superb ensemble cast of God of Carnage brought justice to this 2009 Tony Award-winning 90-minute production at Novato Theater Company Playhouse ending its successful run. Playwright Yasmina Reza created every parent’s nightmare from the results of a schoolyard fight to the meeting between the two sets of parents.
“Revolting” takes on new meaning from every character and scene – as in comical! While there were no supporting cast members (and every scene hilarious) the crescendo was clearly Annette’s (Jena Hunt-Abraham) to own! Those in the audience who were seated at center front-row had to be especially on high-alert!
Between the annoying cell-phone calls interrupting the serious discussion and the arguments between the individual couples, the hilarious (and shocking) action bits almost stole the show over the dialogue. That said, the show could not have been as hilarious without the props and exaggerated fine-tuning of every line. Arguments pitted parents against parents, alternating with Moms siding with each other against the Dads. Everyone stayed in character with precision when we in the audience were bending over in our seats with laughter!
Directed by Terry McGovern with the entanglements between each couple choreographed by Richard Squeri, the superb cast, along with Hunt-Abraham, included Kevin Bacon (Alan), Marty Lee Jones (Michael), and Heather Shepardson (Veronica).
The set was perfectly designed and built by Michael Walraven. The Lighting Design was well-appointed and executed by Frank Sarubi and Marilyn Izdebski. Sound Design, by Simon Eves, was very good, and the African-inspired music matched the African artwork – headphones are definitely needed by some in the audience who cannot clearly understand the stage dialogue. Costume Designers, Janice Deneau and Mary Weinberg created excellent costuming for movability and current fashion trends.
Elle Simon on behalf of Flora Lynn Isaacson, Critic with SFBACC
Coming up next at NTC: will be Loot, written by Joe Orton and directed by Trevor Scott Floyd, opening January 25 and running through February 10, 2019. Contact the box office for tickets at 415-883-4498 or online at novatotheatercompany.org. The address of Novato Theater Company is 5420 Nave Dr., Novato 94949