'Carnage' a feast of hostility
Schoolkids' scuffle puts parents at odds in play
By Michael Eck
Published 01:12 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The title of Yasmina Reza's latest hit play is derived from a speech by Alan, a Blackberry-toting Brooklyn lawyer who pathologically refuses to put his device down.
Alan is the father of Benjamin, an 11-year-old boy who knocks out two of his friend Henry's teeth during a playground fracas.
Alan is broadly drawn, an archetype, even a caricature, which is only appropriate given that the show is a modern farce, built less on slamming doors than angry shouts and accusations.
Like Reza's ubiquitous "Art," "Carnage" is a play that provokes strong reactions by focusing a laser vision on the foibles of current- day society.
Brigitte Viellieu-Davis will portray Veronica in the play at Capital Repertory Theatre, where "Carnage" closes the 2011-2012 season in a staging helmed by the troupe's producing artistic director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.
''GOD OF CARNAGE''
When: In previews beginning Friday. Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 S. Pearl St., Albany.
Continues: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Info: 445-7469; http://www.capitalrep.org
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Michael Eck is a freelance writer from Albany and a frequent contributor to The Times Union.