Temple's 'Smell of the Kill': a dark comedy with heart

Three women weigh life and death in new show
Mar. 26, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Three female confidantes are confronted with a life-or-death decision in "The Smell of the Kill" — billed by Temple Theatre as a "hilarious comedy with a horrible title." 

The show, which runs through April 14, opens Thursday at the local venue. Although its name may imply a mystery, or a gory production, "Smell of the Kill" is actually a "terrifically funny, moving piece," said Temple's Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn. 

"It's about friendships, the times in our lives when you can turn right, or you can turn left," Taphorn recently told a gathering of Temple ambassadors, who got an advance glimpse of the production. "And there are very different consequences to which way you decide to go."

She added, "It's about us; it's about all of us. At some point in our life, we all have to make a choice."

The choice before characters Nicky, Debra and Molly concerns their husbands, as the ladies learn that all three of their marriages are in trouble. The men accidentally wind up locked in a basement meat locker — leaving the women to decide their fate.

Lynda Clark, who plays Nicky, said her character is the one in most crisis, as "her husband has had an enormous error in judgment."

"You find out everyone is masking something about their real life," said Clark, who was last seen at the Temple in "Little Women" and "Hamlet."

Of her character, Debra, Staci Sabarsky said, "She likes to fix everything and everyone, and maybe doesn't like to admit she has her own problems." Although she performs frequently in Raleigh and Durham, and teaches in Durham, Taphorn said this is the actress's first time on the Temple Stage.

Robyne Parrish, who plays Molly, is the artistic director of the Gilbert Theater in Fayetteville and also making her Temple debut.

"Molly is the youngest of the group; she has a very adoring husband," Taphorn said. "She is probably the least career oriented, and she hasn't really found her niche yet." 

The tale unfolds on a stage that has been transformed into a fully functional kitchen, according to Taphorn, complete with a working stove and other accouterments. 

"The set has been much more challenging than we thought," she said, but ultimately, the audience will be immersed in the action.

The show is a relatively short one — with a 45-minute first act and an even shorter second act — but Taphorn said viewers should walk away thoroughly entertained. Although she won't reveal the women's decision, she said, "it really is very funny how they get to it."

The show has been touted as ideal for a girls' night, but Taphorn said it holds appeal for all adults.

"I hope people will come and have a good night out," she said.

Ticket prices are $23 for general admission, $13 for children/students, and $19 for Lee County teachers/educators, groups of 10 or more, active military and Thursday night adult tickets. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155 or visit www.templeshows.com.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Temple Theatre Production of "The Smell of the Kill"

WHERE: 120 Carthage St., Sanford.

WHEN: March 28-April 14, show times are Thursdays at 2 and 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

COST: $23 for general admission, $13 for children/students, and $19 for Lee County teachers/educators, groups of 10 or more, active military and Thursday night adult tickets

TO LEARN MORE: Visit www.templeshows.com or call the box office at (919) 774-4155.