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Dark comedy opens at Warner Robins Little Theatre

For her second time in the director’s chair at Warner Robins Little Theatre, Renee Craycraft has chosen a contemporary one-act play.

“God of Carnage” is a dark comedy about an hour and a half long with no intermission.

The play is the last one of the season for WRLT and starts Friday.

It features two couples coming together to talk about their children being in a fight on the playground. Things continue to escalate when drinking comes into play and the couples start arguing.

Arguments ensue over such issues as the incessant ringing of the cell phone, a person’s upset stomach and who cares the most about their children.

“A man needs to keep his hands free if you ask me,” said Annette Raleigh, played by Debbie Martin, of her husband’s cell phone usage.

Although the play might be about families, it is not a family-type show.

“It is definitely not recommended for children,” Craycraft said of the strong language that permeates the play.

Craycraft directed “The Vagina Monologues” in 2013 at WRLT and has been acting for 25 years.

She said she wanted to bring something a little more modern and edgy to Warner Robins and has been waiting for a year to get to put the play in front of an audience.

Four veteran actors play the two couples.

Alan Raleigh is played by Terry Minyard, and Annette, his wife, is played by Martin. The pair also played a husband and wife on “Rabbit Hole” last year.

Michael Castle, who directed “Rabbit Hole,” stars as Michael Novak, and Crystal O’Leary-Davidson plays his wife, Veronica.

“My actors are such veterans. I am so spoiled,” Craycraft said.

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