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Victims of the ‘God of Carnage’

Don’t let the name fool you — “God of Carnage” is funny.The 2009 Tony winner for best play takes a darkly comedic look at the ways parents are often no better than their children when it comes to dealing with disagreements and discord.Directed by Len Matheo, “God of Carnage” runs at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden, Sept. 9 through Oct. 16. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. The play features adult content and strong language.”Miners Alley is a wonderful place to do a small cast show like this,” said Mark Collins, who plays Michael. “The space really lends itself to a one-setting show that’s all about character.”The play focuses on two sets of parents — Veronica (Lisa DeCaro) and Michael (Collins) and Alan (Augustus Truhn) and Annette (Emily Paton Davies) — who come together to discuss an altercation between their children. What starts as a friendly conversation quickly drowns under a sea of rum and tension, as the parents learn they have their own squabbles to settle.”For Veronica, this is her house where everyone is gathering, and she wants to make sure it’s a learning experience for everyone,” DeCaro explained. “There’s a neat allegory here about unnecessary violence and the divides there are in the world.”With just four people on stage for the show, its success depends on the actors working well together, which has not been a problem at all, according to Collins and DeCaro.”Everyone is fantastic on stage,” she said. “With Miners’ intimate space, it really is like we’re inviting the audience into our living room.”The humor comes from the deadly serious way the characters react to the situation, Collins said, so while the actors aren’t playing for laughs or working to a punchline, it still remains sharply funny.”The most important element of this show is the audience,” he said. “We’ve all been in a situation where things get a little more intense than we were expecting, especially as parents.”The advice both actors have for audiences: Be ready to laugh.”Everyone will recognize someone in the show,” DeCaro said. “It’s funny and fun, and will walk out thinking, ‘I can’t believe they said that.’ “

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