Artists’ Ensemble stages ‘God of Carnage’ May 9-25

Katie Maringer (from left), David A. Gingerich, Lisa VanDyke and Stephen F. Vrtol. (Photo by John Cobb)
Katie Maringer (from left), David A. Gingerich, Lisa VanDyke and Stephen F. Vrtol. (Photo by John Cobb)

Staff Report

When two 11-year-old boys come to blows, their parents get together for a civilized, rational discussion about the problem. But in Yasmina Reza’s side-splitting comedy, it doesn’t take long for the so-called “adults” to lose their manners and their cool as they turn to name-calling and tantrums in God of Carnage, running May 9-25 at Rockford’s Artists’ Ensemble Theater (AET).

The AET production features ensemble members Stephen F. Vrtol III and Katie Maringer as the host couple, Michael and Veronica. Steve was last seen as the blushing Victorian bride in The Mystery of Irma Vep, and Katie played the unhappy ex-wife in last season’s Brooklyn Boy.

Ensemble member David A. Gingerich plays Alan, an attorney whose cell phone is always on and always in his hand, much to the exasperation of his wife, Annette, played by Lisa Van Dyke.

David played the dashing Egyptologist in this season’s The Mystery of Irma Vep and has played Bertie Wooster in a trio of Wodehouse comedies. Lisa Van Dyke, whose theater degree is from Illinois Wesleyan, makes her AET debut with this role.

This award-winning comedy contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Thursday tickets are $19. All other performances are $30, $28 for seniors and $10 for students.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artistsensemble.org or by calling (815) 394-5004.

AET is an Equity professional theater performing at Rockford University.

From the May 7-13, 2014, issue

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