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The Smell of the Kill
The Smell of the Kill
"A very funny guilty pleasure." — Roma Torre, NY 1 News

"[The Smell of the Kill] boasts lines and scenes that have the audience laughing as uproariously as The Producers."
Variety
Comedy. By Michele Lowe.

Cast: 3w. (3 male offstage voices.) Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands—and chill. That's the recipe of Michele Lowe's tantalizing new comedy that had Broadway audiences cheering. The Smell of the Kill revolves around Nicky, Debra and Molly who have tolerated one another during once-a-month dinners for years. While their unseen spouses play golf in the dining room, the women exchange confidences for the first time revealing that all three marriages are on the brink of disaster and all three women are facing the challenges of their lives. Nicky's husband has been indicted for embezzlement, Molly's husband is stalking her and Debra's husband is leaving her for another woman. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker the women are faced with a life-or-death decision—should they leave the men out in the cold—permanently—or let them thaw? One by one the women make their choices with more than a little help from one another. "…nice, mean fun…a deft little anti-love story…light-hearted, cold-hearted…" (Newsday) "[a] devilish, wicked, ultimately touching black comedy." (The Berkshire Eagle) "Effective black comedies are rare these days and this is a rich torte…it has a superb crustiness which supplies an evening of nearly continuous laughter." (The Advocate) "…the play boasts lines and scenes that have the audience laughing as uproariously as The Producers." (Variety) One int. set. Approximate running time: 70 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  SH2
Cast Size:  3
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  77
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.25
Approx. Running Time:  70 min.
Categories
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583421459
Publication Date: 11/15/2002
Biographies
Michele Lowe is the author of Inana, which recently premiered at the Denver Center Theatre and was a finalist for the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays include The Smell of the Kill (Broadway debut); String of Pearls (Primary Stages, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play); Mezzulah, 1946 (City Theatre); and Backsliding in the Promised Land (Syracuse ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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