Bad behavior has never been so much fun. Artistic director caryn desai [sic] jump starts International City Theatre’s 27th season at the helm of Yasmina Reza’s scathingly funny, Tony Award-winning God of Carnage. The limited, four-week engagement runs January 27–February 19, with low-priced previews on January 24, 25 and 26. Here’s a chance to see this hilarious comedy in ICT’s more intimate setting and watch the fur fly up close!
God of Carnage is a comedy of manners… without the manners. When two 11-year-old boys in Brooklyn’s upscale Cobble Hill neighborhood have a playground fight, Henry’s parents (Leslie Stevens and Greg Derelian) invite Benjamin’s mother and father (Alet Taylor and David Nevell) for cocktails, hoping to discuss the situation civilly – to “practice the art of co-existence” rather than “slaughter each other with insurance claims.” But the veneer of polite society quickly falls away, and the evening deteriorates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of finger-pointing, name-calling, tantrums and tears. And that’s before they break out the rum.
ICT’s 2012 season is its 27th and the first selected by desai in her new role as artistic director. Subtitled “Adults Behaing Badly… unless They Ain’t,” the lively 5-play series marks ICT’s commitment to new works and development, with two West Coast premieres: the political musical The Fix (“politicians behaving badly”) and Michael Hollinger’s provocative drama Ghost-Writer (“ghosts behaving badly”). The remaining two plays are Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies (“men behaving badly”) and the musical revue Ain’t Misbehavin’ (but…one never knows, do one?).
God of Carnage runs Thursdays, Fridays andSaturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @2 pm, January 27 through February 19. Three preview performances take place on Tuesday, January 24; Wednesday, January 25; and Thursday, January 26 @ 8 pm. Tickets are $37 on Thursdays, and $44 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except opening night which is $55 and includes a reception with the actors following the performance. Preview tickets are $29. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call the ICT Box Office at 562–436-4610 or go to www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.