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Compass A&E

There is something cathartic about watching other people’s marriages and relationships blow up. And when they are pulled apart by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the result is deliciously funny.

“God of Carnage,” now playing at Shakespeare & Company, is a meticulously constructed look at the savage instincts that underlie what we consider civilized behavior. Reza set both “Carnage” and “Art,” her two Tony Award-winning works, among the smug, self-satisfied Parisian haute bourgeois, and when they came to Broadway in Christopher Hampton...