This effervescent, high farce by the late Peter Shaffer (“Amadeus”, “Equus”), is a comic ballet that will have you falling out of your seat with laughter.
In one hilarious act, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are to be on, the stage is the dark. 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 fiancee's pompous father and a wealthy art dealer, Schuppanzigh. The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on the verge of very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.
"[One of] the funniest and most brilliant short plays in the language." - London Sunday Times
"Pure hilarity." - International Herald Tribune
"Laughter mounts steadily." - The New York Times
"Hilarious." - New York Post
"A dazzling comic ballet." - New York Daily News
"It is still possible to laugh yourself into a hernia watching Black Comedy." - USA Today
"An orgy of blind slapstick brilliantly sustained."- Sunday Express