Parents might try not to recognize themselves in “God of Carnage,” the latest offering from The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, a one-act play that opens with a gala celebration this Friday, Sept. 14.
Written in French by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, “God of Carnage” is a seriously funny comedy that finds Michael and Veronica Novak hosting a meeting with Alan and Annette Raleigh meeting for the first time at the Novaks’ apartment in Brooklyn due to a scuffle involving each of their 11-year old sons.
Benjamin Raleigh has injured Henry Novak and now there’s the matter of a dental bill to discuss, as well as bullying and owning one’s responsibility. What begins as civilized “grown-up” behavior quickly mirrors playground antics.
“How many parents standing up for their children become infantile themselves” asks Annette, moments before the afternoon takes a hilarious spiral downhill.
Parents, be advised that this play contains adult language.
Chris Chiola and Robyn Eley play Michael and Veronica, with Chad Clemmer and Lora Ressler as Alan and Annette.
Chiola recently directed “Suitehearts” in March of this year, and Eley was last seen in January’s “Edge of Darkness.” Ressler, a long-time TAPA veteran, was last seen in the moving play “Moonglow” in May. Chad Clemmer is a TAPA newbie.
This is director Robert Buckingham’s 10th time directing for TAPA since his first production in 2008. He admits to seeing a lot of similar antics over the years but says it’s nice to be able to laugh at these characters on stage because they put everything in perspective.
“I believe audiences will recognize pieces of themselves and others in these four characters and that’s okay,” he said. “Because if we can’t laugh at ourselves then how can we laugh at anyone else?”
“God of Carnage” runs through Sept. 30. Opening night ticket purchases include appetizers as well as a free beverage of choice.
The play runs throughout September, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7 pm and Sunday matinées at 2 pm on Sept. 23 and. 30. Tickets, $15 per person, are available at Diamond Art Jewelers, by calling 503-842-7940 or at the door. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Barn Community Playhouse is located at 1204 Ivy Street, on the corner of 12th and Ivy.