Theater/Dance/Performance Art

God Of Carnage

When: Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Wed., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Wed., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. 2012

Two Brooklyn couples gather for a civilized discussion in the aftermath of a lopsided playground tussle between their sons that has left bruised feelings and a couple of broken teeth. But in Yasmina Reza's award-winning God of Carnage, we're soon wondering whether the boys' parents really are more civilized than their combative children. Will a wheeler-dealer corporate lawyer and a photographer sensitive to the privations of Darfur really find rapprochement over hors d'oeuvres, or will Michael and Veronica's living room gradually turn into a savage playground as Alan and Annette outstay their welcome? Season 24 at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte opens with a big bang as we watch the confrontation play out — with parenting, politics, and personalities in conflict and the heat of battle revealing faultlines within the two marriages. Ann Marie Costa directs the volatile comedy with a classy cast that includes Catherine Smith, Allison Lamb, Brett Gentile, and Brian Lafontaine.

Perry Tannenbaum

Price: $26-$31


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