If you go
What: "God of Carnage"
When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
Where: Capitol Center Theater
Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, available at the door
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Charleston Stage Company's latest production is one of those shows in which everyone can identify with the characters at least a little bit - and that might not be the most comfortable feeling.
The premise of "God of Carnage," which was a Tony Award-winning Broadway show and a 2011 film with a stellar cast that included Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, is simple.
Two couples come together for a little chat after their young sons have a playground fight.
Everything is going to be very civilized as they deal with this little domestic drama. Until they start talking, and talking, and talking. The spat between the children brings out marital dynamic that shows the worst in everyone. It's both funny and uncomfortable.
Director Geoff Coward said almost everyone, from parents to couples, can identify with the scenarios in the show.
"When an issue comes up, we have to face the reality of how the other person deals with it. That comes out in this show," he said.
Coward said he saw the stage version a few times - once in the United Kingdom and twice on Broadway, and he's wanted to direct it ever since.