Smell Of The Kill Is Not ‘Kill Bill’

by "Buzzin" Lee Hartgrave on April 30, 2004

“Kill Bill 2” has subtle nuances throughout its wonderful story line. No need to shout at each other – sometimes just a look is enough to put your point across. Of course Kill Bill 2 is a film – and a gorgeous one at that. On the stage, sometimes just a look is not good enough – especially for those in the back row. So stage actors have to talk a little louder and they have to make wide gestures to make sure that everyone sees what they are up to.

Ok. But in “The Smell of the Kill” the frenzy of raised voices never ceases. It’s a shouting match between three women arguing over whether they should close the door on their husbands who have wandered into a newly installed meat freezer in the house. Now, if you were plotting to freeze your husband wouldn’t you keep it a little quieter? Keep in mind that this is a comedy. However, they really do close the door and freeze the guys. Too bad – because I’m sure that the hubbies would have liked to have had the chance to freeze these nagging hags that talk non-stop.

“Smell” has a few good funny moments – but hardly was it a knockdown roll in the aisles hilarious. Missing were the nuances referred earlier. There was no need for the constant shrill screeching. Not only was it wearing on nerves, but was not effective. The actors Stacy Ross, Zehra Berman and Susi Damilano play the three women. They all are accomplished actors, so perhaps it was the director who got them all hyped up. Whatever the reason – “The Smell of the Kill” at the Playhouse on Sutter did not work for me. The really good news out of all this is that the SF Playhouse is in a spectacular building on Sutter near Powell. The outside looks like the Curran Theater – with it’s massive pillars. I am looking forward to more productions there. This production, though not for me showed me that the company has good legs. Buzzin wishes them good luck. Or as they say in showbiz “Break-a-leg”. RATING OF THE PLAY: TWO GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE. Rating of the Theater – Four Glasses of Champagne!!!!


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