Theater: Dancing in the Dark

Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer is an unflaggingly funny drawing-room farce based on a single droll conceit: what might people do and say and discover about each other if they were suddenly left in a total blackout on the evening of a vitally important party? To begin with, this poses a little problem of stagecraft: How do you present actors in the dark and still allow the audience to see them? Simple: by reversing things. When the lights are supposed to be on, the stage is dark; when they are suddenly supposed to go out, the stage blazes with light.

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