Monday, January 6, 2014

Texas Public Radio feature: God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza at Boerne Community Theatre, January 10 - 18, 2014

Texas Public Radio

Boerne Community Theatre Presents Tony Award-Winning Play

by Jack Morgan
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The Boerne Community Theatre (BCT) is mounting a production of "God of Carnage," a Tony Award-winning play that’s quite a ways out of the Neil Simon romantic comedy mold.

"When I read the script I knew that I needed to direct this show," said BCT Executive/Artistic Director Patty Loftis.

I asked her about BCT's Theater on the Edge program: "You said that 'God of Carnage' was a part of your Theater on the Edge thing -- what does that mean?"

"It is billed as a 'savage comedy' and it is billed that way for a reason because the premise for the show is that two Brooklyn parents get together after a playground altercation between their 11-year-old sons," Loftis said. "And they decide to be very adult and very polite and very politically correct at the beginning. One little comment is said and then another and another. And turns totally into another direction by the end of the show."

Despite what you may think from that description, Loftis said there are a lot of funny moments, too.

Loftis said the play’s reputation as a great vehicle for acting made casting a breeze.

"It is one of those actor dream shows. I was able to select a stellar, stellar cast. I cannot stress enough that people really need to come see this because it will be quite an experience," Loftis said.

"So the construct of polite society goes away?" I asked.

"The people all turn into savages!" she laughed.

The 86-seat theater is known for its wide seat comfort and intimacy with the stage. "God of Carnage" runs most nights from January 10-18.

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