Father Knows Best? Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage

By Natasha Lewin

From l, Matt Harrison as “Alan Raleigh,” Tina Arning as “Annette Raleigh,” Heidi Brook Myers as “Veronica Novack,” and Juan Pope as “Michael Novack” in CAP Theatre’s production of “God of Carnage,” which opened June 14.

From l, Matt Harrison as “Alan Raleigh,” Tina Arning as “Annette Raleigh,” Heidi Brook Myers as “Veronica Novack,” and Juan Pope as “Michael Novack” in CAP Theatre’s production of “God of Carnage,” which opened June 14.

It’s always important to take stock in the example we set as parents — not only to our own children, but also to those we aren’t biologically responsible for as well. After all, it does take a village. So who’s really to blame when children get violent? Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning comedy, God of Carnage seeks to answer that question by pointing the finger in the direction of our begetters.

Taking place in the upscale living room of Veronica and Michael, played by Heidi Brook Myers and Juan Pope, they are the parents of an 11-year-old boy who recently had his teeth knocked out by the son of Alan and Annette, played by Matt Harrison and Tina Arning. Hoping to figure out a civil way to proceed, Veronica and Michael invite over Alan and Annette, who are not so sure their child is entirely to blame. When the four parents get together, all the rules of decorum go flying out the window and chaos ensues.

Directed by Moosie Drier, God of Carnage is a thought-provoking look at the breakdown of parenthood, matrimony, and maturity, as both sets of inauthentic parents are just as juvenile and hostile as their sons.

Webtrex Productions’ God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, is at CAP Theatre located at 13752 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks on June 21 and June 22. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Go to eventbrite.com to purchase online. Running time is 90 minutes.

All proceeds benefit Roscomare Road Elementary School.


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