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'God of Carnage' opens Friday at Asolo in Sarasota

French playwright Yasmina Reza has the Midas touch. Art, Life X 3 and other plays by her have been hits around the world. Now her latest, God of Carnage, opens Friday and runs through April 6 at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota.

God of Carnage, the basis of a movie directed by Roman Polanski called Carnage that opens Friday (see Page 9), features Kate Hampton and David Breitbarth and Katie Cunningham and James Clarke as two pairs of parents of 11-year-olds, one of whom has hurt the other in a quarrel in the park. The parents meet to discuss the issue in a civilized manner over appetizers, but the evening soon turns ugly.

"I would say that above all, my plays are about people who are well-raised but who lose control of themselves," Reza has said. "My characters are for the most part impulsive by nature. You could describe my plays as being a theater of nerves."

Reza's play, directed by Greg Leaming, has been translated into English by Christopher Hampton and transplanted from Paris to Brooklyn in the Asolo production. $31-$69.(941) 351-8000 or toll-free 1-800-361-8388; asolorep.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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