God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents.  At first diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the rum flows, the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.  Just how thin is Freud’s famous “veneer of civility” in 21st century America? “A streamlined anatomy of the human animal…delivers the cathartic release of watching other people’s marriages go boom. A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment.” —NY Times.