Aging Expectations

God of Carnage

My husband’s grandparents bought a play series at the Walnut Street Theatre. They saw the first play but decided it was little too much for them (they are 94 and 95). We were the lucky recipients of the tickets that were left in the series.

My son and I went to see the first show, The Mousetrap. We had a great time. For this next show, my husband and I went (it seems I’m actually the luckiest recipient). The show was God of Carnage. Have you heard of it? I hadn’t even though it was on Broadway and won a Tony.

Here’s their summary of the show:

The play is about two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into unmannered chaos. 

Here’s my summary of the show:

Hilarious

I’m not kidding. I was laughing so hard I was crying. It was unbelievably funny. Each of the cast members did an excellent job. Usually I love one person in a show more than the others. I can honestly say, I loved each of these characters. They were all fabulous.

Here were some of my favorite parts:

  • when Alan continues to get cell phone calls throughout the play and takes ALL of them
  • when Annette (Alan’s wife) finally gets a hold of the phone and what she does with it (something we’ve all dreamed of if you have an addicted cell phone partner)
  • Annette’s joy at what she’s done to the phone
  • Veronica and Michael (btw, mine and my husband’s names) being snarky about the other couple while they are out of the room (not that we’d ever do that)
  • Michael’s complete meltdown
  • Michael’s last call with his mother
  • When Annette gets sick on stage (yes, you read it right – I don’t know how they did that but I loved it)

If you have the chance you must go see this play! I must mention my husband did not laugh as hard as I did but he still thought it was funny. I think it may be my favorite of any play I’ve seen.

What’s your favorite play?

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