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The week’s other openings

God of Carnage; No Exit; The Sparrow

God of Carnage
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
(213) 972-4400
Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play is essentially a “one-joke comedy” about New York City’s progressive elite, said the Los Angeles Times. But it’s a joy to see a reunion of the original 2009 Broadway “dream cast,” including James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, and Jeff Daniels, as they clash over a playground fight among their children.

No Exit
American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
(415) 749-2228
Director Kim Collier has given Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 existential play a “diabolically clever revival,” said the San Jose Mercury News. By screening live footage of three actors locked together in a small room, Collier has restored the terror to Sartre’s version of hell while evoking “the tyranny of constant surveillance.”

The Sparrow
Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
(305) 949-6722
This play about the lone survivor of a grade-school accident is “anchored in the relationships” among its main characters, said The Miami Herald. Director Nathan Allen’s high-tech staging adheres to the “basics of good theater,” while Carolyn Defrin’s portrayal of a haunted teenager “brilliantly walks the line between troubled introvert and force of nature.”

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