James Gandolfini, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday after reportedly suffering a
Theater audiences in Los Angeles and New York got a chance to see Gandolfini at his finest in the stage comedy "God of Carnage," by French playwright Yasmina Reza. The actor played one of four Brooklyn parents who come to blows over a playground brawl involving their children.
In an interview with the Times in 2011, Gandolfini said that he first saw the play in London: "I was doing a movie in London, and I went with friends to see the play there. I didn't know anything about it. Nothing. But we went and we laughed. When we came out of the theater after an hour and a half — which was a big selling point — all of us had grins on our faces, and the energy of the audience was good."
"God of Carnage" opened on Broadway in 2009 and came to the Ahmanson Theatre with the same cast two years later. Gandolfini was nominated for a
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Gandolfini acted in a 1997 production of the play "Remembrance," by Irish playwright Graham Reid, at what is now the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in West L.A. He also appeared in the 1992 Broadway revival of