Peeling away façades of humanity reveals plenty in ‘Carnage’

Something phenomenal is happening in downtown Greenfield. With two dates left, Friday and Saturday, the CrazyLake Acting Co. production of “God of Carnage,” the Tony-winning drama by Yasmina Reza, is worth the effort to go see in the Hancock County arts gallery at 20 N. State St.

The story is deceptively simple. Michael and Veronica Novak (Trever Brown and Amanda Bell) have invited Alan and Annette Raleigh (Robert Webster Jr. and Beth Clark) to their home to settle the issue of the Raleighs’ 11-year-old son striking the Novaks’ son in the mouth with a stick, breaking two teeth. At first, everything is calm and civil – the Raleighs agree to pay the dentist bills and will bring their son over the next day to apologize to the Novak boy.

But then, as Robert and Beth get up to leave, someone says something, someone hesitates, and the drama kicks in.

For the remainder of this 90-minute one-act play, the civilized façade gradually peels away from these allegedly rational adults. Allegiances frequently shift, as verbal sparring sometimes pits the men against the women, or three challenge one.

In addition, two subplots