PJLA presents : God Of Carnage
Now one thing I can agree with Michael (Megat) last night, people don’t know what they’re getting into when they get married. One minute they’re holding hands at the altar saying their “I Do’s” and the next they’re scratching each other’s eyeballs out. Then you throw in a kid or two in the picture, all hell break loose.
Parenting is not an easy task. I should know, I’ve driven my parents crazy half of my life. Well actually, more like most of my life… On the surface they try to be the good guys, they try to be calm and collected but if I push the wrong button (or right one in some cases), I shall have to be ready for the tirade of screams and shouts. What can I say? They’re human too, and they have their boiling points.
Same goes with Alan (Will Quah), Annette (Lina Teoh), Michael (Megat Sharizal) and Victoria (Maya Tan Abdullah) in this play called God Of Carnage. They are two professional sets of parents meeting together to talk about their child’s misdemeanors but suddenly one person said the wrong thing (or the right thing, whichever way you prefer to take it) and they started picking on each other’s faults instead. So what’s the outcome to all the pointing fingers? A lot of screaming, getting drunk with rum, broken door knob, a boxer-clad Alan and the best of all – puke all over the room. Yup, you read that right. Puke in a play.
Truth is, even though the play has not been adapted to Malaysian settings, I think it is natural for parents of any nation to be pretty defensive where their children is concerned and they would shed their nice image just to defend what they think is right or just. Sometimes too, disagreements in marriage that were never addressed can also trigger intense replies or outbursts. I think this play is an eye-opener to everyone, no matter if you are single, married and if you do or do not have kids. There’s always a bomb in all of us, waiting to explode because everybody is the same at the end of the day, especially when stripped to our basic fundamentals.
Read Synopsis :
Two young boys, a stick and some broken teeth are the catalyst in this tale of this two families. Veronica, a writer, and Michael, a company wholesaler, are parents to Henry. Annette, a wealth manager, and Alan, a lawyer, are parents to Benjamin. The two couples meet to discuss the misdemeanors of their sons.
The evening begins quite amicably, and the four parents intending to resolve the situation diplomatically. However, as their hope for this begins to splinter and these illusionment sets in, the evening deteriorates from one of mild unease and discomfort, into a deluge of accusations, recriminations, jealousy and rage.
Boys will be boys, but can the grown ups be grown up enough to resolve their differences without losing sight of right and wrong? The facade of civility shatters as the God of Carnage wreaks havoc in the living room and all hell breaks lose in the most hilarious manner!
This play is extremely entertaining, especially with the fantastic quartet. They have been rehearsing for the past 3 weeks for this play and from the preview last night, that rehearsals paid off. The beginning of the play might seem a little rehearsed but it gradually slides to funny and exciting mode non-stop for 90 minutes. Yes, be prepared to be glued to your chair for 90 minutes – there are no intermission. And who knows, maybe you can try to find out how Lina pukes on stage too! So if you’re in for a laugh over something you might (secretly!) have something in common with, do head down to PJ Live Arts Theatre @ Jaya One, PJ.
The God Of Carnage will only be available on :
28th – 29th Apr : 8.30pm
30th Apr : 5pm & 8.30pm
1st May : 5pm
3rd – 6th May : 8.30pm
7th May : 5pm & 8.30pm
8th May : 5pm
Admission prices are : RM 60 and RM30 (for student and senior citizen only).
P/S : Thanks Ayu for the tix!