By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
A school-yard fight moves from the playground to a wealthy couple’s home in the comedy “God of Carnage.”
Tupelo Community Theatre is presenting a one-night-only performance of the play, which scored the theater big wins at this year’s Mississippi Theatre Association Community Theatre Convention and Festival in Gulfport in January. TCT’s production of “God of Carnage” was one of two selected to represent Mississippi in the Southeastern Theatre Conference Community Theatre Festival March 8-10 in Chattanooga, Tenn., and actors Mark Maharrey, who plays Michael, and Lisa Martin, who plays Veronica, took home acting awards.
Martin and Maharrey play a couple whose son’s teeth were knocked out by the son of Alan (Rob Rice) and Annette (Merrie Hughes). The two couples get together to calmly discuss how to fix the situation, but the more they talk, the more the situation deteriorates. What begins as a calm discussion quickly – and hilariously – turns into an all-out war.
“It’s a brutal comedy,” said director Tom Booth.
Martin said going from snooty and cool to venomous and spiteful is a hard change to make as an actress.
“It’s the most difficult role I’ve ever had,” she said. “You have to let the audience find it funny, but we, on stage, can’t find it funny.”
Booth warns that the language is very adult, and some audiences may find it offensive.
The “God of Carnage” performance at the Lyric on Feb. 23 includes the show, a talk-back session with cast and crew, and drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30.
TCT’s performance at SETC will be at 7 p.m. March 8.
WHAT: TCT presents “God of Carnage”
WHEN: Doors open at 6:45 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23
WHERE: The Lyric, Tupelo
COST: $25, includes the show, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres
INFO: (662) 844-1935
EXTRA: This production contains language that some may find offensive