Each of the characters in this play seem to be very believable in our society and they're very typical and people will recognize themselves. But when you watch the play and watch closely you realize nobody in the play is interested in what anyone else feels.
—Miles Potter, director
It starts innocently enough. A playground squabble. Well-meaning parents. Or so it seems.
God of Carnage is the latest Mainstage presentation of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. This biting comedy by Yasmina Reza and translated from the original French into English by Christopher Hampton, pits two sets of parents against each other.
One of their boys has hit the other boy with a stick, breaking two of his teeth. Alan (John Cassini) is a corporate lawyer, and Annette (Vickie Papavs) is a "wealth manager." They visit the apartment of Michael (Oliver Becker), a wholesaler, and Veronica (Shauna Black), a writer, to discuss how best to deal with the situation.
The two couples begin amiably, politely sipping espresso and sampling Veronica's clafoutis. But it's not long before their darker sides are revealed, unleashing some truly nasty behaviour.