Role: Melanie-Jane Beetles
Run: May 7 – June 16, 2002
Director: Scott Elliott
Writer: Mike Leigh
Theater: Samuel Beckett Theater
Brian F. O’Byrne….Vic Maggot
Gillian Foss….Charmaine Maggot
Terence Rigby….Rex Weasel
Eddie Kaye Thomas….Rocky Weasel
Smelling A Rat takes place in a 1980’s London penthouse owned by Rex Weasel, a working-class guy who got his success in the exterminating business. He enlists the help of Vic and Charmaine Maggot to look after his home while he’s away on vacation. In the meantime, unbeknownst to him, Mrs. Weasel has given a key to Rocky, the son from whom Rex is estranged. When Rex returns home early from vacation, he finds unexpected couplings in his bedroom.
Michelle plays Melanie-Jane, Rocky’s ditzy girlfriend.
Quotes from Michelle:
“I made lots of mistakes and I learned how to fix them and move forward. There’s a Kermit the Frog puppet that’s really integral to the play, and I have this whole monologue about Kermit the Frog. And it wasn’t on stage one night. So I’m standing there trying not to get too frantic but looking for it. And I can’t find Kermit the Frog anywhere. So I had to do something else, and I did. It’s terrifying. I came off stage and I wanted to throw up. But I hope those things continue to happen. They just make you sharper.”
– Michelle replaced Cara Seymour in the role of Melanie-Jane.