‘God of Carnage’ Opening at Villagers This Weekend

The Yasmina Reza dark comedy, “God of Carnage,” begins its three-weekend run at Villagers Theatre on Sept. 20.

The play focuses on a playground fight between two boys that leads to a meeting of their parents to resolve the situation.

The meet starts civilly, but soon degenerates into “a free-for-all of insults, tantrums and tears,” according to the show’s description.

The New York Times said of the original Broadway version that the play “definitely delivers the cathartic release of watching other people’s marriages go boom. A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play … is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment with an intellectual veneer.”

The show won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. The late actor James Gandolfini starred in one of the roles in the Broadway version.

Reserved seating ticket prices are $18 for adults and $16 for students and senior citizens. Group prices are available.

The Villagers’ version is directed by Amy Levine and stars Oliver Leroux, Regina Samson, James Walsh and Teresa Mota.

The show runs on weekends through Oct. 6. Curtain times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The theater is located on DeMott Lane in Somerset, behind the Franklin Township Municipal Complex.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Villagers’ Web site.

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