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Black Comedy - Short Play, Comedy

Black Comedy

Peter Shaffer

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Short Play, Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573023033

Black Comedy
by Peter Shaffer

"[One of] the funniest and most brilliant short plays in the language" - London Sunday Times

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - An apartment

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Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique collector next-door, hoping to impress his fiancée’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer. The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe, returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords, and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.

Published in tandem with The White Liars

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5m, 3f

M5 (30s, middle age) F3 (20s, middle age).
Author
Peter Shaffer

Peter Shaffer

Sir Peter Shaffer, in full Sir Peter Levin Shaffer (born May 15, 1926, London, Eng.), British playwright of considerable range who moved easily from farce to the portrayal of human anguish.Educated at St. Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge, Shaffer first worked for a music publisher and then as a book reviewer. His first play, Five-Finger Exercise (1960), is a tautly constructed domestic drama ... view full profile

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Maren Coates 13/05/2017 14:00
I'm co-directing Black Comedy this summer with a colleague and we love this show to bits! Everytime we sit down to analyse the script we find a new, favourite funny part. It never gets old! Make sure you understand British farce and that you have good resources for British dialects and German accents if you're considering it!
Madelyn Milsark 07/01/2016 16:54
Funniest play I've ever seen. Very clever.
Peter Taylor 31/12/2014 03:06

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