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Monday, October 10, 2011

Mile Square Theatre Mounts Tony-Award Winning God of Carnage



If you’ve ever wondered how a squabble between two sets of parents could provide enough fire for a Tony-award winning comedy, head over to Mile Square Theatre for its production of God of Carnage.  The local professional theatre company stages the much lauded comedy starting October 6, every Thursday through Sunday until October 23rd. Evening performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; matinees on Saturday and Sunday begin at 3 PM.  
Tickets are available online (www.milesquaretheatre.org) or before each performance at the theatre’s new home at the Monroe Theatrespace, 720 Monroe in Hoboken. Tickets are $25. Students and seniors, $15.

On Thursday, October 13 @ 8pm, they will have a special Pay What You Will performance. Audience members can pay whatever they wish.

 
 Charlie Kevin, Annie McAdams, Matthew Lawler, Patricia Buckley    
God of Carnage, written by Yazmina Reza, is about a pair of parents who meet to discuss a fight between their 11-year-old sons. Intending to deal civilly with the matter and arrive at a teachable moment for their children, the afternoon deteriorates, as does their behavior. Pettiness, power struggles and questions of political correctness send the meeting into chaos. “The playwright keeps it bitingly comical with wonderful language and some very farcical stage business,” said Chris O’Connor, artistic director of Mile Square Theatre, who directs the production.  “It is a play we’re going to have lots of fun with.“

New York veteran actors Charlie Kevin (recently in the Broadway Tour of Take Me Out) and Patty Buckley (featured in Flesh and Blood at New York Theatre Workshop) will join MST company members Matthew Lawler (MST associate artistic director and seen in Rounding Third) and Annie McAdams (seen in The Love of the Game at MST), all of whom are familiar to fans of the theatre’s 7th Inning Stretch.

God of Carnage is the theatre’s third production of 2011, including The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi and MST’s annual festival of baseball plays, 7th Inning Stretch. “We are a regional theatre with a broad artistic vision because we want to appeal to a wide demographic,” states O’Connor. This latest staging is one he is certain many will really relate to and, above all, enjoy. Audiences have a timely opportunity to get familiar with the play prior to a film adaptation by Roman Polanski that hits theatres later in the year.

When God of Carnage had its Broadway opening in 2009, a power failure disrupted the play for one hour. O’Connor promises that the script alone promises enough drama and excitement.

About Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org .


Photo by Joe Epstein.

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