Kwan steals the show with an empathetic portrayal of Michael, the accommodating yet frustrated wholesale shop owner. The ensemble, especially the dynamic between each respective married couple, is engaging and brimming, (yet at times overflowing,) with vitality.
– Yuan-Ming Chiao, The China Post
I was honestly left shaking my head in disbelief at how richly Hu, Kwan, Ong and Yong were effortlessly able to convey their very distinct and ever-changing characters.– Typing to Taipei
Derek Kwan’s show-stealing portrayal of Michael, awkward, chittering, yet brimming with latent menace, reinforced the notion that dust was going to be kicked up.– James Robert Baron, The Writing Baron
Yasmina Reza’s brutally hilarious play rips off the civilized masks society wears to reveal the savage truth below.
This unique, new theatre-in-the-round production offered audiences a gripping theatrical experience Taipei had not seen before in the intimate setting of the Lab Space.
“God of Carnage” was a truly international collaboration. Butterfly Effect Theatre welcomed its first international guest director – Bangkok-based Latin American director Jaime Zúñiga. The play also starred 4 of the finest young actors in Taiwan’s performing arts community: Taiwanese actress Lesley Hu ( 胡世恩) as Annette, Canadian actor Derek Kwan ( 關顯揚) as Michael, New York-based Malaysian actress Hui-Shurn Yong ( 楊慧珊) as Veronica and Taiwan-based Malaysian actor Lawrence Ong ( 翁書強) as Alan.
Performed in English with Chinese subtitles.
Butterfly Effect Theatre and the LAB Space present
God of Carnage 《文明的野蠻人》
by Yasmina Reza; English translation by Christopher Hampton
June 17 – July 3, 2016
The LAB Space, Taipei
Featuring: Lesley Hu, Derek Kwan, Lawrence Ong, Hui-Shurn Yong
Director: Jaime Zúñiga
Costume Designer: Jenna Robinette
Set Designer: Chih-Yi Yang