TAMPA, FL) – Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands—and chill. That’s the recipe for Stageworks Theatre’s latest production, The Smell of the Kill . The play takes stage each weekend from February 10 – 26 with a preview performance on Thursday, February 9.
The Smell of the Kill is a tantalizing comedy revolving around Nicky, Debra and Molly, acquaintances who have tolerated each another for years. During dinner at one of their homes, the women reveal for the first time that each of their marriages is on the brink of disaster and that all three are facing challenging times thanks to their husbands. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker the women are faced with a life-or-death decision: should they leave the men out in the cold—permanently—or let them thaw? One by one the women make their choices with a little help from each other.
Stageworks’ ‘killer’ cast includes Tampa Bay favorites Heather Krueger, Susan Haldeman, and Jonelle Meyer. Stageworks is grateful to show sponsors, Famous Tate and Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowski.
Performances of The Smell of the Kill take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online by visiting www.StageworksTheatre.org. Season passes with three separate options, as well as several monthly memberships are also available Stageworks is located in the Channel District at 1120 East Kennedy Blvd, Suite 151, Tampa.
The Smell of the Kill is the third show of Stageworks’ 40th Anniversary season. Coming up, the world premiere of “When the Righteous Triumph” takes stage beginning March 17. Step back in time to relive Tampa’s civil rights lunch counter protests with this play written by Tampa playwright Mark E. Lieb and commissioned by Stageworks. This play highlights Stageworks’ ongoing commitment to supporting and performing new and original works by local artists.
Stageworks’ founder, the late Anna Brennen, directed “Talking With…” three times during her tenure with the theatre company. To honor and celebrate her unwavering vision and accomplishments, Stageworks will perform these 11 monologues featuring a baton twirler, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex-rodeo rider and an actress willing to go to any length to get a job. These idiosyncratic characters amuse, move and frighten, but always speak from the depths of their souls. “Talking With…” takes the stage starting on April 28th.
“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” caps off Stageworks’ milestone 40th season. This show about Armadillo Acres newest tenant will have audience members laughing out loud. At Florida’s most exclusive trailer park, Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving Jeannie and her toll both collector husband. That’s when the storms begin to brew. This toe-tapping musical starts June 9th.
STAGEWORKS THEATRE 40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON AT A GLANCE:
Stageworks shows are performed on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.
When the Righteous Triumph March 17 – April 2, 2023
Talking With… April 28 – May 14, 2023
The Great American Trailer Park Musical June 9 – 25, 2023
Stageworks is Tampa’s longest-running professional theatre company. Its mission is to ignite the human spirit and be a catalyst in eradicating intolerance through performing arts and education. In addition to a full season of performances, Stageworks provides acting and improvisation classes and workshops. Its partnership with Academy Prep brings drumming classes to students at three campuses to support their overall learning, and the theatre company has also provided its drumming and arts education curriculum to students in the juvenile justice system. Over the years, Stageworks has been honored with numerous local and regional awards for best theatre company, best actor, and best director. To learn more, visit www.stageworkstheatre.org or get social with us on Facebook and Instagram.