LYNN HAVEN — Parents can be childish too, as audiences for the current Kaleidoscope Theatre production are discovering.
“God of Carnage” opened last week for a three-weekend run at the Lynn Haven theater. Shows will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For ticket information, visit KT-online.org. To reserve seats, call 265-3226.
Directed by Charles Wilson (assisted by Diane Reeves), the play is described as a biting and provocative comedy about two sets of parents’ efforts to iron out a schoolyard altercation between their sons.
“They start off very civilized, very polite, though they make points by belittling each other,” Wilson said of the two sets of parents. “It gets more intense as it goes on, and when they add some rum to the mixture it gets very physical. … They’re like kids running around a playground by the end.”
Originally written in French by Yasmina Riza, the play has been successfully adapted to English for runs on Broadway. In 2011, Roman Polanski directed a film version, “Carnage,” starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet.
The parents begin the meeting well, with good manners observed and cordiality the watchword. But as alcohol lubricates the encounter, inhibitions fade and soon the four “civilized” parents are engaged in a rumble to put their boys’ fight to shame.
“It’s an extraordinarily physical play, and the characters are quite complex,” said Wilson, who recently appeared on stage in Kaleidoscope’s production of “Man of La Mancha.”
“My main concern going into it was that it requires good actors who could put a great deal of time and energy into it,” he said. “I was very lucky to get the people I got.”
The play stars Barry Hertzog, Amy Spence, Stephen LaDow and Valerie Woods as the warring parents. It contains strong language and mature situations, and is recommended for adult audiences.
‘GOD OF CARNAGE’
- Where: Kaleidoscope Theatre, 207 E. 24th St., Lynn Haven
- When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 22-23 and 29-30; 2 p.m. Sundays, March 24 and 31
- Details: 265-3757 or KT-online.org