"Ms. Axler has a comic’s gift for language that is precise and imaginative, but never showy... What gives the play its charge is how Ms. Axler taps into a primal fear — giving birth to a monster — and then calmly considers it from all angles." - The New York Times, Read More
"For signs of intelligent life in the theatrical universe, I hereby refer you to 'Smudge,' Rachel Axler’s pitch-black comedy about a young couple reacting to the birth of a severely deformed child." - Variety, Read More
"Rachel Axler, an acclaimed television comedy writer, is...spread[ing] her creative wings with 'Smudge.' She takes a dark subject, immediately places her three characters in extremis, and asks us to watch what happens. There is a distinctly ambitious imagination at work here" - Backstage
- Intense Adult Themes
- Strong Language
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: A hospital room and Colby and Nicholas's apartment.
- Additional Features: No intermission, Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
NICHOLAS - Late twenties. Male. Married to Colby.
PETE - Mid-thirties. Male. Nick’s older brother.
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Smudge premiered at The Women's Project in 2010 under the direction of Pam McKinnon.