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LSU Theatre Presents “The Smell of the Kill” Performances Nov. 1-6

10/07/2011 02:31 PM

BATON ROUGE – Television may have its “Desperate Housewives,” but Wisteria Lane has nothing on the wives of Wilmette in LSU Theatre’s production of the Michele Lowe fall-out-of-your-seat comedy, “The Smell of the Kill,” directed by Macy Jones, running Nov, 1-6 in the Studio Theatre, located in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building.


“The Smell of the Kill” concerns three 21st-century wives stuck in pre-feminist marriages; each has a husband who is lacking in some way and who is keeping his wife down with his rotten behavior. Nicky is a successful book editor whose horrible husband has recently been indicted for embezzlement and will likely go to prison. The other two wives in “The Smell of the Kill” have it comparatively easy: Debra’s husband is a philanderer who’s just asked her to move out of their house so that he can move his mistress in. Molly’s husband refuses to have relations with her, making her dream of a houseful of children somewhat more daunting.


A big house, rich friends and successful husbands – all these are the markings of suburban bliss. For Debra, Nicky and Molly, these trappings of the American dream are not as fulfilling as they promised to be.


While they clean up after their monthly dinner party, these three friends slowly dismantle the facade of the perfect life. Once all is out in the open, they are left with a decision as to what path their lives will take. Michele Lowe’s dark comedy explores the shallowness of a life built on possessions and propriety, and what happens when that life becomes intolerable to those trapped within it.


Performances of “The Smell of the Kill” will be held at 7:30 p.m. each evening Nov. 1-5, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Nov. 6.


Tickets are $10 each, cash only at the door.


For more information, call the LSU Department of Theatre at 225-578-4174 or visit

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