The Smell of the Kill
Decidedly Black Comedy
One of the great things about serving as the executive director of a theater and sitting on the play reading committee is finding new plays and playwrights to bring to audiences. When a slot in our 2014-2015 schedule opened unexpectedly, I was scrambling to find a play to fill the opening. My partner, Steve, reminded me of a play I had read and enjoyed when we were planning the previous season. So I pulled the script out, reread it and really fell in love with it. Hence our current production at Arena Dinner Theatre of Michele Lowe’s The Smell of the Kill, sponsored by Lutheran Life Villages Home Care. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have a very dark sense of humor. A well written and entertaining black comedy is one of my favorite things, and this show certainly fits that bill. The action of the play revolves around three married couples at one of their monthly dinner parties where the women have tolerated one another for years. While their unseen spouses play golf in the dining room, the women exchange confidences in the kitchen, for the first time revealing that all three marriages may not be as happy as they seem. At one point, the women are accidentally presented with a life or death decision: should they let their husbands live or die? One by one, the women make their choices (with more than a little help from each other). The reviews of the original New York production called the show “devilish, wicked, ultimately touching black comedy” and “nice, mean fun … a deft little anti-love story … alternately light hearted and cold hearted.” I think our audiences will find that to be true of this production. We welcome back to our stage three Arena favorites, Gloria Minnich, Rebecca Karcher and Kristin Jones as the wives and Kevin Knuth, Kevin Boner and myself as their no-good husbands. Come in from the cold and enjoy a fine dinner from Goeglein’s and a wonderfully funny show in the heart of the West Central neighborhood. We’re always so happy to have you at Arena!