Tuesday, March 23, 2010
God of Carnage
The play opens and already, the audience wants to know: how long until these characters lose it? Everyone seems so civil at first, except not. And then at a pivotal moment (courtesy of Ms. Liu's character Annette) and after that all bets are off.
This play is a great example of plot structure at work. The first section is restrained, though we know it's only a matter of time before these characters snap. Then there's the second section, when the civility quickly unravels. Finally, we get the last segment, where everyone--the characters and even the audience--is gasping for air, like kid retreating after a playground brawl.
One of the other elements I much enjoyed was how the writer (Yasmina Reza) doesn't feel the need to explain every detail. Annette's perpetual nausea, Michael's refusal to let Veronica have a drink. The story could have been heavy-handed and explained all these moments, but Reza holds back, and I think the play is stronger for it.
Overall, a great night out and a fabulous performance.