by Kelly Burch
---- — LOWELL – Playground squabbles can be comedic gold, especially when parents get involved in the disputes between their little darlings. This scenario is explored in Yasmina Reza's “God of Carnage,” now showing at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell.
When two 11-year-old boys get into an argument at the playground that results in two knocked-out teeth, their parents sit down to settle the dispute like civilized adults. However, over the course of the evening their behavior get more and more ridiculous, deteriorating into irrational arguments about everything from racial prejudice to homophobia.
Stephen Caffrey is making his MRT debut as “Michael,” the father of one of the boys. Joseph Adams (Alan), Laura Latreille (Annette) and Judith Lightfoot Clark (Veronica) are returning to the MRT stage to complete the cast.
"'God of Carnage' is a play I've wanted to direct ever since I first read it,” said director Kyle Fabel. “I think this audience will find it as deliciously vital as I do, particularly considering the very strong cast of three MRT veterans and an exciting newcomer."
The play was originally written in French, and has been translated to English by Christopher Hampton. It won an Oliver Award for Best Comedy, and has been a long-running Broadway hit.
Tonight is $5 night, where the public can purchase $5 cash tickets at the MRT Box Office between 4:30 and 7:30. Lowell Night, on Oct. 2 allows Lowell residents to purchase $10 tickets at the box office.
“God of Carnage” will run at the MRT until Oct. 19th.
If You Go: WHAT: "God of Carnage" at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre WHERE: The Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell WHEN: Sept. 19 - Oct. 13 HOW: Tickets begin at $20, by visiting www.MRT.org or calling (978) 654-4678