Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt catch 'God of Carnage' opening
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt took in a night of theater Wednesday, attending the opening of "God of Carnage" at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Hollywood's hottest couple slipped in a back entrance, avoiding the paparazzi on the red carpet, professional autograph-seekers and throngs of mere mortals milling outside the downtown L.A. theater.
Seated in the center orchestra, Pitt and Jolie kept their eyes squarely focused on each other, seemingly oblivious to the double takes and spinning heads around them (even actress Frances Conroy was spotted sneaking a peek). Jolie and Pitt offered polite acknowledgments when Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie and his wife, actress Kate Burton, took their seats next to the pair.
The couple were guests of James Gandolfini, who stars in "Carnage" along with Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and Marcia Gay Harden. The comedy revolves around two couples meeting for the first time after their children get into a playground fight. Pitt kept a hand casually draped on Jolie's knee for much of the show, letting loose an especially hearty laugh when Gandolfini's character, Michael, uttered the line: "Children consume our lives and then destroy them." They joined in the standing ovation at the end, then were quickly ushered out of the theater to meet with cast members backstage.
Also in the audience were Will Ferrell (taking a night off from his new job in "The Office"), Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet from "Modern Family," Martin Sheen; Simon Helberg of "The Big Bang Theory," Aubrey Plaza of "Parks and Recreation," Troian Bellisario of "Pretty Little Liars," Andrea Bowen of "Desperate Housewives, and Sara Gilbert of "HawthoRNe." Others included Ron Livingston and wife Rosemarie DeWitt, Mira Furlan, Tony Shalhoub, Bradley Whitford, Annie Potts and Jason Alexander. Click the pic above for more photos from opening night.
Spotted at the after-party at Chaya Downtown: Sandra Oh of "Grey's Anatomy," Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Julian Sands, Jon Polito, Gina Gershon, Eric Idle, playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton and Camryn Manheim.
"God of Carnage" runs through May 29.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt backstage at the Ahmanson Theatre after the opening of "God of Carnage." Credit: Ryan Miller / CaptureImaging