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Tony-nominated stars extend run in Broadway's 'God of Carnage'

June 2, 2009 |  1:26 pm

God of Carnage

Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and James Gandolfini have all extended their runs in Yasmina Reza's "God of Carnage," the Tony-nominated drama at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in New York.

The cast, all four of whom have received Tony nominations, will extend their commitment to the show through Nov. 15. The entire production is scheduled to take a six-week hiatus starting July 27 so that the actors may fulfill prior family commitments. (The theater will go dark during this period.) The production will resume performances starting Sept. 8.

Originally, the cast was set to leave the production July 19.

"God of Carnage" opened on Broadway on March 22 and is a favorite in the best drama category going into Sunday's Tony Awards. The play, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, also received a nomination for director Matthew Warchus.

The comedic play tells the story of two urban couples who come together after a playground fight between their respective children. Times theater critic Charles McNulty wrote that the cast is "ferociously robust" but added that the story itself is "sleekly schematic, the action efficiently distilled to make a big cynical point about those most pompously self-deluding creatures known as Homo sapiens."

"God of Carnage" has been previously produced in London (with a cast featuring Ralph Fiennes) and in Paris (with Isabelle Huppert). It had its world premiere in a German-language production in Zurich, Switzerland in 2006.

-- David Ng

Photo: The cast of the Broadway production of Yasmina Reza's "God of Carnage." Credit: Joan Marcus.