"For signs of intelligent life in the theatrical universe, I hereby refer you to Smudge, Rachel Axler's pitch-black comedy."Variety
"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
"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 severly deformed child."Variety
"Rachel Axler, an acclaimed television comedy writer, is...spread[ing] her creative wings with Smudge. She takes a dark subject matter, immediately places her three characters in extremis, and asks us to watch what happens. There is a distinctly ambitious imagination at work here."Backstage
COLBY - Late twenties. Female. Married to Nick.
NICHOLAS - Late twenties. Male. Married to Colby.
PETE - Mid-thirties. Male. Nick's older brother.
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A dark comedy about the changing face of the American family and the limits of love and cheesecake, as a hopeful young couple gives birth to a smudge, written by two-time Emmy Award winner Rachel Axler.