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Posted on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 : 1:54 p.m.

Never-dull 'Carnage' looks at modern-day relationships

By Freelance Journalist

Opens today at the State, Rave, Quality 16
Review by Corey Hall of the Metro Times
Grade: B

"Carnage" is about the thin veneer that separates sophisticated adults from their savage instincts, and how quickly polite chitchat can break down into petty squabbling. These are the sort of people who read the New York Times' Sunday Book Review while sipping free-trade coffee and nibbling homemade cobbler, but within an hour of increasingly heated conversation are at each other's throats. What's intended as a friendly mediation session between the parents of two boys involved in a fierce schoolyard brawl quickly devolves into a round of recriminations, insults, hysteria and ultimately tears and vomit. Claustrophobic by design, the film crams you into confined space with four characters who don't want to be trapped together, then squeezes the lid shut on the pressure cooker and lets the fun begin.

Read the full review here


Phil Powers

Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 4:40 p.m.

Thanks for the kind words, Steve! You're right, clearly these are four flawed individuals.


Sat, Jan 14, 2012 : 4:02 p.m.

My wife and I just saw the excellent play last night at Performance Network. A hoot! Highly recommended by us. Very well done. We certainly fit the demographics, but hope to have a little kinder "core" than these four folks.