Black Comedy

by  Peter Shaffer

Short Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

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

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.

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    5m, 3f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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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.


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Love

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1960s
  • Setting: An apartment

Casting

5m, 3f
M5 (30s, middle age) F3 (20s, middle age).
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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 ...

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