Thursday, March 31, 2011

Need A Date Night Idea?

Before we had children, my husband and I got out a lot more. We went to the movies, we went out to dinner, we even went to the theater. And I'm not talking about seeing Elmo Live! Now, with a pair of 4-year olds, no nanny and a husband who works long and demanding hours, our date night or a night out with friends often gets put on the back burner. Plus, after a long day of handling tantrums, negotiating sibling disputes and fulfilling numerous meal requests (and trying to squeeze in some writing when I can) I am often too tired to go anywhere - even with the man I love most.

But, today I read about a play at the Ahmanson Theater here in Los Angeles that looks so good that I not only am willing to get out of my yoga pants and into a pair of heels to go see it, but I am also telling you to do the same! It's here on a very limited run with the original, Tony Award winning stars, so I wanted to encourage you to get out and see God of Carnage.

This production smashed all-time box office records when it ran in New York and nabbed Tony Award nominations for all four actors, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, and eventually earned the Tony Award for Best Play, Best Director and a Best Actress Tony for Marcia Gay Harden.

So what's it about and why am I going to like it? Well, here are the details: Two married couples in upscale Brooklyn meet to sort out a playground fight between their sons. At first, everyone is cordial but as the evening progresses and the drinks flow, the gloves come off and the night becomes a free-for-all. One of the reasons I wanted to write about it here is that I think every single parent knows what it’s like to feel protective of their own child and their own parenting methods – when someone tells you how to do your job as a parent, it’s not so easy to bite your tongue. This sounds like a show we can all relate to!

After seeing this cast on Broadway, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote:
“Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly . . . highly skilled stage performers take on roles that allow them to rip the stuffing out of one another, tear up the scenery, stomp on their own vanity and have the time of their lives."
God of Carnage is running in Los Angeles at The Ahmanson Theater from April 5th to May 29th.

Go to Center Theater Group and watch the cast members, all of whom are parents, talking about the show. It’ll give you an even better idea of how much fun the show is – and how extraordinary the cast is! Tickets range from as little as $20 to $150. 

God of Carnage
Ahmanson Theatre
April 5 - May 29
For tickets call 213.972.4400
or visit Center Theater Group
Performance Schedule:  Tue – Fri at 8, Sat 2 & 8, Sun 1 & 6:30

I am definitely getting tickets - I hope to see you there!
Thanks for reading!
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Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this, Gina! We got tickets for Tuesday the 12th and my husband is going to take a day off so we can spend the night downtown... make it a true night away, with breakfast to boot! We would have never sought out a play to go to but this looks great.


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