Just because you’ve seen Carnage, the Roman Polanski film based on Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage, doesn’t mean you should skip the Stelle di Domani performance. Sure, it may be hard to voluntarily relive the experience of watching Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, and Kate Winslet bicker and banter in what is possibly the most awkward parent pow-wow to ever happen. But you have to see it in person. Because imagine how uncomfortable it is in real life, performed by real-life actors — especially the epic vomit scene that occurs halfway through the show.
God of Carnage centers on two couples, the Raleighs (Alan and Annette) and the Novaks (Michael and Veronica), who meet up after a scuffle between their children. Alan and Annette’s son, Benjamin, attacks Michael and Veronica’s son, Henry, a bully who won’t let Benjamin into his gang. Now Henry has two fewer teeth than he did before, so the parents decide to meet up and hash things out. But just because they’re adults doesn’t make them any less childish than their offspring. Over an hour and a half, the couples go from arguing about how to discipline their children to exposing much deeper issues within their marriages and themselves as individuals. And then someone throws up. You’ll never feel the same way about cobbler again.
The original London production of the play won the Laurence Olivier Award, and the U.S. version won three 2009 Tonys, including best play. This production stars Margaret Nyland (Veronica), Peter Spearman (Michael), Diana Biffl (Annette), and Christian Persico (Allan). It’s directed by Ryan Gunning, who graduated from the College of Charleston just this month.