What's that smell? It's revenge — for three women whose husbands become accidentally trapped in a meat locker in Michele Lowe's black comedy, The Smell of the Kill.
Following successful runs at Seattle's Intiman Theatre and the Berkshire Festival, the play will get an Off-Broadway mounting at a venue to be announced, opening on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2002. Christopher Ashley, who staged the Berkshire version, will again direct, the piece, which will have sets by David Gallo (Bunny Bunny). Elizabeth McCann, Nell Nugent, Milton Maltz and Tamara Maltz are producing, with Roy Gabay serving as general manager.
In Kill, the trio think themselves happily married until the meat freezer incident brings new meaning to the words "women's liberation." Smell of the Kill premiered at the Cleveland Playhouse in 1999.
The Berkshire staging featured the starry cast of Kristen Johnston, Claudia Shear and Katie Finneran. There was no word on whether the actresses would repeat their roles. Johnston is currently starring in The Women on Broadway.
Other plays by Lowe include Backsliding in the Promised Land, the tale of two Dutch Jews who escape the Holocaust by retreating to America and becoming Episcopalians, Germany Surrenders and the book and lyrics to the musical Hit the Lights!. As a television and screenwriter she penned several episodes of Nickelodeon's "Little Bear," "The Emergence of Emily Stark" and "Let the Bastard Sing" with Eric Simonson.