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God of Carnage at Malibu Playhouse


by Yazmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Graeme Clifford

God of Carnage played to a packed house Saturday night at Malibu Playhouse. It is expertly directed by award-winning director of film (FRANCES) and stage, Graeme Clifford who has also directed RABBIT HOLE, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and A SOLDIER’S STORY at  Malibu Playhouse. The entire cast delivers a side splitting, jaw dropping performance of this hilariously funny tragedy of two couples rocketing from genteel to savage. I never expected that the simple word ‘no’ could make me laugh so hard until I heard it uttered by A Martinez playing Michael Novak as he responds to a request from his wife. Thanks to great acting, insightful directing and Yazmina Reza’s intelligent, razor sharp wit,  everyone in the audience was on their feet applauding enthusiastically. There are only four more performances.  God of Carnage, produced by Diane Namm  and Julia Holland, closes March 8th. You don’t want to miss this.

“‘God of Carnage’… definitely 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 (which recently won the Olivier Award in London for best new comedy) is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment with an intellectual veneer,” said Ben Brantley of the NY Times.

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Meet the Cast

A Martinez

AMartinezA Martinez played Morrie opposite Oscar Best’s Zach in Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot at the Malibu Playhouse in 2013. Previously, Martinez appeared in the title role of Luis Valdez’s Bandido at the Mark Taper Forum and as “Lenny” in Pinter’s The Homecoming for the Reunion Performance Group in Carmel. A currently appears as “Jacob Nighthorse” on the acclaimed Warner Horizon television series Longmire, about to begin its fourth season on Netflix.

Kathleen Dunn

KathleenDunnHappy to be working with Graeme Clifford again, Kathleen Dunn also works as a dialect coach for television, film and theatre. She serves as an adjunct theatre professor of dialects and speech at The University of Southern California. In her most recent theatre work, Kathleen played the role of “Patty” in Kimberly Akimbo at the Malibu Playhouse, directed by Graeme Clifford.

Nick Stabile

NickStabileNick Stabile has been a Malibu resident for almost 10 years now and has appeared in two Pulitzer plays at the Malibu Stage, How I Learned to Drive, directed by Veronica Brady and A Soldier’s Play directed by Graeme Clifford. Nick recently produced and starred in A Trip Back Down, a play well received by critics as Nick was nominated for a Broadway World’s Best Actor. His last play, Fat Pig, at the Hudson Theatre got him a Robby Nomination. Nick is excited to be on the stage with such an incredible cast, working with his dear friend Graeme and hoping to make his little girl Ella proud.

Courtney Rackley

CourtneyRackleyCourtney Rackley received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts before heading off to Harvard’s ART for her Masters. She just completed shooting the upcoming pilot Club Santino and can be seen this season on TV Land’s The Exes. She was a series regular for NBC’s In Gayle We Trust and First Day. Currently running in its second season is the series she created, FIRSTS, which is about a new relationship going through its awkward and somewhat inappropriate “firsts”. Please check it out at

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