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David Burtka behind the scenes taking selfie at God of Carnage
Getting ready for our first dress rehearsal, in my dressing room at the theater
David Burtka

David Does Dark Comedy in “God of Carnage”

David Burtka takes you behind the scenes of his new, acerbic, hilarious stage show in NYC.

David Burtka is a theatre, television and film actor, a chef and best-selling cookbook author. He’s also married to the Wondercade Editor in Chief.

April 21, 2023 10:59 am

It’s time for me to dust off the cobwebs and get back into the world of acting. I’m so excited! I haven’t done anything like this in a really long time — sure, I was in an episode of Uncoupled last year, but my last stage show was the Broadway musical It Shoulda Been Youway back in 2015.

actors on stage for God of Carnage in NYC
These feuding couples get into conversational carnage indeed
Carol Rosegg

It’s been such a challenge. Wonderful, scary, intense, magical, energizing and overwhelming all at once. God of Carnage is an 85-minute show — once it starts, it’s like a freight train barreling down the tracks. It’s one long scene, and we don’t stop talking the entire time.  

The play tells the story of 4 characters who are in difficult marriages, whose children have an altercation at school, which leads to the parents having their own altercation. The original Broadway production was staged in 2009 and starred Marcia Gay Harden — who won the Tony for it — and Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and the late, great James Gandolfini. This is the first NYC revival since then. 

My brilliant co-stars, Christiane Noll (seated) and Carey Cox before our first dress rehearsal
My brilliant co-stars, Christiane Noll (seated) and Carey Cox before our first dress rehearsal
David Burtka

Gabe Fazio back stage at God of Carnage
Gabe Fazio gives a performance as intense as his look in this photo I took
David Burtka

Finally, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, the company behind this production, is just amazing. It puts people with disabilities at the forefront. Carey Cox, who plays my wife, sometimes uses a wheelchair, but also uses a cane in the show. Gabe Fazio, who plays Michael Novak, the husband in the other couple, is deaf. There’s still a lot of prejudice and misconceptions about how people with disabilities live their lives, and I’m so glad to be a part of a theatre company that’s bringing all this to the fore. It’s a really important mission. And a brilliant show. I’m just so happy right now. 

David and Gabe on stage on God of Carnage
It feels so good being on stage again
Carol Rosegg

God of Carnage actors on stage
You know it’s bad when people are standing on furniture
Carol Rosegg

David Burtka behind the scenes at God of Carnage
For a dark comedy, I’m taking this backstage selfie very seriously
David Burtka

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