Valdosta Daily Times

Features

January 31, 2013

The Smell of the Kill

VALDOSTA — Married friends gather for a regular dinner, but when the husbands accidentally lock themselves in a freezer, well, are their marriages as happy as the couples pretend?

So goes the basic plot device of Michele Lowe’s dark comedy, “The Smell of the Kill,” opening tonight as part of Theatre Guild Valdosta’s Stage II productions.

“This is the story of three upper-class women who, along with their husbands, meet once a month at each other’s house for dinner,” says Diane Brunston, a regular Theatre Guild performer making her directoral debut. “The play begins as the women are clearing dinner and the men play indoor golf in the next room. We learn through their banter, their happy marriages may not be what they seem. The husbands end up accidentally locking themselves in a basement meat locker and the women begin to debate whether or not to let them out before they freeze to death.

“There are some poignant moments, but this is definitely a dark comedy.” With plenty of themes meant for a mature audience.

“The Smell of the Kill” is the second in the Guild’s new series of Stage Two productions.

Stage Two shows feature shorter scripts, shorter rehearsal periods, and a shorter schedule of performances — three shows during one weekend rather than the Main Stage shows’ seven performances during two weekends. All offered with simple staging. Last fall’s Vietnam drama “A Piece of My Heart” was the first Stage Two show.

“Our Stage Two productions are unique in that we rehearse in an alternative space, because the Main Stage show is rehearsing onstage,” says Brunston. The Guild’s Main Stage show “The Trip to Bountiful” concluded its two-weekend run last week.

“We chose to do most of our rehearsals upstairs in a cleared space normally used for storage,” Brunston says. “Our cast did not have access to the stage until Sunday when the previous show was struck, so the ladies have only been in the actual show space for five nights before we have an audience.”

These shows offer productions that wouldn’t normally be a part of Theatre Guild’s regular season of shows. It also allows Guild members and newcomers the opportunity to do something different, such as Brunston trying her hand at directing.

“I’ve held about every other position onstage and backstage, so I definitely knew what I was in for,” Brunston says of the directing experience. “This was a particularly challenging debut, with the limited rehearsal opportunities and not having the stage available until so late in the process. I’ve relied heavily on my experienced cast to get over the hurdles.”

THE CAST: Bethanie Bass, Brenda Brunston, Stephenie Austin.

DIRECTION: Diane Brunston.

SHOWTIME

Theatre Guild Valdosta’s Stage II presents “The Smell of the Kill.”

When: Show plays 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2; 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.

Where: The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St.

More information: More information: Call (229) 24-STAGE; or visit www.theatreguildvaldosta.com

Note: This show is recommended for mature audiences for strong language and adult situations.

 

1
Text Only
Features
  • 140418-AR_Paul_Townsend001.jpg Graphic novelist draws on inspiration

    A few moments with graphic artist Paul Townsend is all you need to understand that his mind swirls with stories that he’s willing to explore on paper – no matter where they take him.

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pompeys Pillar.JPG Pompeys Pillar

    Along their journey west to the Pacific and return east to St. Louis, Lewis and Clark left numerous marks recording their presence in order to validate a claim to the land for the United States.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • 1vsusr2014.jpg seen.yer-shoh

    Two of the most revealing exhibits each year at the Valdosta State University Fine Art Gallery are the fall and spring senior art shows.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • Film Review Draft Day_Rich copy.jpg ‘Draft Day’ scores a field goal at the theater

    Our reviewer looks at the movies "Draft Day'" and "Rio 2."

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • emerging1.jpg Emerging Artists: VSU shines spotlights on student performers

    Three years ago, Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance created a twist on its seasons’ conclusions.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • bicycle safety.jpg SGMC, Kohl’s to host Bike Smart safety event

    SGMC, Kohl’s Department Store, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and Safe Kids Lowndes County will host Bike Smart!

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140410-AR-Wake_Compound001.jpg Bringing wakeboards to Lowndes

    In college, many dream of their future career paths and, while some may seem far fetched, some people are able to make theirs a reality. Luke Tilt and Quinn Silvernale were able to do just that.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140401-Ballet003.jpg Beautiful Dancers

    The Ballet School in Valdosta offers children with special needs the chance to live out their dreams of being a dancer. For many, this may have seemed like a far fetched dream given their physical limitations, but as the Ballet School proves, there is no such thing as a physical limitation.

    April 13, 2014 5 Photos

  • Dido and Aeneas 1.jpg VSU Opera, Chamber Singers Present ‘Dido and Aeneas’ April 19-20

    The Valdosta State University Department of Music will present “Dido and Aeneas” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, in the West Hall Rotunda. Seating is limited to 100 people per performance.

    April 12, 2014 2 Photos

  • Film Review Captain A_Rich copy.jpg A salute to ‘Captain America’

    Our reviewer looks at "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," 'The Grand Budapest hotel' and "Bad Words."

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
Other
     View Results