Cast aptly depicts dysfunction in ‘God of Carnage’

Emily House
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Audience laughs its way through Northern Lights show

Northern Lights Theatre Co. brought Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” to the Provincial Drama Festival on Thursday.

Northern Lights Theatre Co. of Labrador West brought “God of Carnage” to the stage of the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre Thursday night as its entry in this year’s Provincial Drama Festival. Rehearsing for the play are (from left) Lester Simmons, Ruth Simmons, Kathy-Lynn Lee and Wayne Button. — Photo by Frank Gale/The Western Star

“God of Carnage” is the story of two sets of parents who come together to discuss an altercation between their children which took place in the local park.

One of the children suffered a damaged tooth and the parents have come together to reach an agreement on how to proceed. What was intended to be a quick, mature meeting slowly grows into a dispute more juvenile than that of their children.

The Novaks and the Raleighs are meeting for the first time. As the characters politely get acquainted, there are many long, awkward pauses in the conversation.

These moments are painfully real and the audience could see the characters grasping for things to say to break the silence. These immaculately portrayed moments of realness had the audience invested in these characters from the first scene.  

A huge part of the magic of this show was the authenticity of the characters as the audience undoubtedly knows people who bear striking resemblances to each character.

Allan, played by Lester Simmons, is man of business. Allan was capable of ignoring all the commotion around him in order to bark orders into his permanently fixed phone.

Allan’s wife Annette, played by Ruth Simmons, is an obviously agitated wife, who, overcome with stress, became physically ill on more than one occasion.

The Novaks played by Wayne Button and Kathy-Lynn Lee, began as a united front, but their façade crumbled and it became apparent that this couple was in disrepair. Each actor gave a notable performance.

The set was practical, yet eye-catching with an obvious colour pallet that was also picked up in the costumes. It looked as if it could have been taken straight from a living room and brought to the stage.  

The audience was doubled over in laughter for the vast majority of the show and the cast seemed to feed off this energy.               

First-time director Craig Robinson, equipped with a brilliant cast, put off a professional-calibre show.

The Mokami Players took the stage with Morris Panych’s ‘Girl in the Goldfish Bowl’ Friday night at 8 p.m.

Organizations: Raleighs

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