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Performance critique

            Watching the “God of Carnage” play early this year was one of the most memorable moments. Directed by Joel Greenberg, the play connects with the audience through a story that is easily comprehensible. Written by Yasmina Reza, the play shows the grudges that people hide inside but reveal it unconsciously when under pressure. The play is about two couples brought together by the fight that involves their children. They decide to hold peaceful talks to resolve the violent confrontation between their children without the police but soon the calm couples turn violent. One of the children who was badly hit with a stick is said to have been carrying a stick to hit the other but the parents did not agree.

            The civilized approach which the conversation between the two couples begins immediately turns chaotic as the two couples turn on each other and the argument reaches a crescendo. On stage, the director captured the moment well by using dim lights when the couples began raising their voices, signifying a turn of events from a calm conversation to an argument (Clark and Mangham 852).  The pounding music jungle music used communicated effectively at the point where the couples started arguing. The music symbolized the turn of events as the characters turned from civilized, calm conversation to a heated argument reminiscent of jungle life.  The stage setting was natural with red carpet matching the walls and books well arranged, giving it a natural feel. The unfurnished table used in the well arranged room symbolized the rough manner in which the conversations, relationships and the play in general ended. The “God of Carnage” is one of the best plays I have ever watched.

Work Cited

Clark, Timothy and Iain Mangham. “Stripping to the undercoat: A review and reflections on a      piece of organization theatre.” Organization Studies 25.5 (2004): 841-851.