Matthew Warchus talks shop at play's opening
Sunday’s opening of Broadway comedy “God of Carnage” yielded glowing reviews the next day, with critics playing up how much fun they had watching four high-profile thesps — Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden — behave badly toward one another.
For director Matthew Warchus, who reprised his duties on Broadway after helming a West End production that starred Ralph Fiennes, the challenge was in carefully staging the show so the aud’s attention was always focused in the right place at the right time.
“With these four actors, the audience could happily look at any one of them all the time,” he said at the post-opening fete.
The raucously reactive audience gasped and laughed far more loudly than theatergoers did in the West End.
“New York audiences are so different,” Warchus said. “They make so much noise!”