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LAist Recommends: 'Carnage, A Comedy'

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V.J. Foster and Steven M. Porter star in Carnage, A Comedy at the Actors' Gang. | Photo by Jean-Louis Darville.

Carnage, A Comedy, currently running at the Actor’s Gang Theatre in Culver City, was written more than 20 years ago by Adam Simon and Tim Robbins (yes, that Tim Robbins), but its focus on the fluidity of truth, freedom and democracy still resonates today. It’s an excellent work that challenges current political and religious perceptions – with really wicked dialogue to boot.

The central premise revolves around the rise and fall of televangelist Cotton Slocum (V.J. Foster), a sleazy blowhard of a preacher that sees nothing wrong in choreographing altar moves for Sunday sermons or taking prayer junkets to Vegas. With this one great line, he reminds the audience of his true calling: “This is not a nonprofit corporation…this is a church!”