Fruits of the vine

2011-05-17 00:00

REVIEW: God of Carnage

Seabrooke’s Theatre, DHS

 

IF you fancy 75 minutes of wickedly funny comedy, then you simply cannot afford to miss KickStArt Theatre Company’s new show, God of Carnage .

Written by Tony Award-winner, Yasmin Rexa, the plot is disarmingly simple — two couples, Veronica (Clare Mortimer) and Michael (Tim Wells), and Annette (Jailoshini Naidoo) and Alan (Ian ‘Ewok’ Robinson), meet to discuss the fact that Annette and Alan’s son, Fabian, has hit Veronica and Michael’s son, Bryan, in the face, breaking two of his teeth.

Veronica and Michael are keen for Fabian and his parents to take responsibility for Fabian’s behaviour and, to start with, Annette and Alan agree, but it’s clear they’re irritated by Veronica’s moralising attitude.

Watching the two couples’ civilised and polite discussion disintegrate into tension and anger, via snide remarks and caustic comments, is both fascinating and hilarious.

Wells had the audience in stitches with his metamorphosis from pacifier and supportive husband to a neanderthal, who doesn’t care that he’s broken his daughter’s heart by releasing her pet hamster into the street.

Mortimer, meanwhile, reveals Veronica’s pretentiousness and her dislike for Alan and Annette, which is vidily displayed in her reaction to Annette throwing up all over her priceless Kokoschka art catalogue.

Naidoo’s comic timing is in full play in God of Carnage , especially when her character, Annette, finally decides enough is enough and disposes of her husband’s cellphone in dramatic fashion.

And I loved Robinson’s detached lawyer, Alan, whose efforts to defend a dodgy pharmaceutical firm continually interrupt the couples’ discussion about their sons. The sight of him holding three tulips in his hands, while wearing a distinctly sheepish expression on his face, still has me giggling.

Savagely funny, God of Carnage is an unmissable theatrical treat.

 

• God of Carnage , directed by Steven Stead, is at the Seabrooke’s Theatre, Durban High School, until May 29. Performances are at 7.30 pm Tuesday to Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are R90 to R100 at Computicket.

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