More About the Show

cartoon logo for "Black Comedy" showing a frightened man in the dark with a lit candle

This one-act show runs approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

THE  HOUSE OPENS 45 MINUTES BEFORE CURTAIN. You may want to arrive early to enjoy the exhibit in our art gallery with refreshments ranging from coffee and cookies to beer and wine.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION: Join the company of Black Comedy for a post-show discussion following the Sunday matinee on January 19.

AUDIO-DESCRIPTION: The Sunday, January 26 performance will be audio-described, based on reservations. Click here for a description of this and other access services at TRP.




About the Show

(company members are listed at the bottom)

Struggling artist Brindsley Miller and his fiance Carol are preparing a party to impress both her bombastic father and a millionaire patron of the arts. But, just as they’re ready, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness.

Guests and other visitors arrive but, with no flashlights, candles or lighters, the characters fumble about, slamming into furniture and each other in this classic one-act by Peter Shaffer, best known for Equus and Amadeus.

And just how do you watch a show that takes place in the dark? Well, take our word for it — you’ll be able to see just fine, and enjoy this comedy as audiences have for more than 50 years.

The Company

Clea: Kendra Alaura
Miss Furnival: Alison Anderson
Brindsley Miller: Josh Carson
Schuppanzigh: H. William Kirsch
Carol Melkett: Kaitlin Klemencic
Georg Bamberger: Don Larsson
Colonel Melkett: Don Maloney
Harold Gorringe: Matt Saxe

Director:  Brian P. Joyce
Set Designer:  Lee Christiansen
Lighting Designer:  A. Camille Holthaus
Costume Designer: Carolann Winther
Prop Designer:  Tyler Lanam
Sound Designer:  Robert Hoffman
Sound Board Op:  David Pitchford
Stage Manager:  Samuel Joseph