"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
THE GOD OF CARNAGE
GOD OF CARNAGE
kid bashes another with a stick. Teeth cracked, lip swelled.
four parents meet to talk it over. The art of co-existence is lost,
courtesy proves a waste of time. Battle fronts are re-drawn along
Reza's comedy of manners is very French, culturally and
linguistically. Christopher Hampton's translation is sometimes sloppy
[who says "a former marriage" ?] and the intellectual tenor
of the conversation is alien to us Brits.
it's enormously to the credit of TAB, and director Mike Nower, that
this is such an entertaining evening. Nuances of pace and mood are
handled with confidence and style. Production values are high.
helps to have a cast who know what they're doing, of course, and
there are excellent performances here: Chris Piper is the lawyer,
clearly not a willing participant, his Blackberry forever buzzing,
talking to big Pharma as he pigs that endangered species Clafoutis.
His toilet fittings duologue with Roger Saddington is priceless. He
plays Michel, father of the injured party – his hamster monologue
one of many delights. His academic wife [Andrea Dalton] is nicely
contrasted with Sara Nower's brilliant Annette, smug, polished, until
her nerves get the better of her and she throws up all over the
coffee table books – Kokoschka has to be treated with Mr Clean and
design [David Saddington and Mike Nower] is superb. Blood red
wallpaper, the colour subtly echoed in the costumes and the props.