CU Theatre presents: Black Comedy

Black Comedy

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A 90-minute farce staged under a reversed lighting scheme:

The action begins in the dark until a short circuit occurs, illuminating the stage to reveal the characters in a "blackout." Only the audience can see what's really happening – a chaotic, disastrous and frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities and surprises lurking in every dark corner!

Brindsley, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancee Carol have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbor Harold's flat without his permission in order to impress an elderly millionaire art collector coming to view Brindsley's work, and Carol's father, Colonel Melkett. When the power fails, Harold returns early, and Brindsley's ex-girlfriend, Clea, shows up unexpectedly, things slide into disaster for him.

Written by: Peter Shaffer

Directed by: Jennifer Hunter


Brindsley Miller – Josiah Duff

Carol Melkett – Laura Barbieri

Miss Furnival – Paige Bourne

Colonel Melkett – Brandon Alberda

Harold Gorringe – Kris Roop

Schuppanzigh – Matt Praschan

Clea – Anna Van Hoff


April 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12, 2014 • 7:30 p.m. | April 6, 2014 • 2:30 p.m. 


Matthews Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary | 3000 Leonard NE | Grand Rapids, Mich.


$12 adults | $10 students/seniors | $5 CU students (must present valid ID)

Special Events:

Opening Night Dessert Reception – Friday, April 4, following the performance. Meet the cast, crew and production staff at a complementary reception hosted by the CU Theatre department.

Alumni Reception – Friday, April 11. Connect with fellow alumni during intermission while enjoying refreshments that take their cues from "Black Comedy."

Friday Night Talk Back – April 11. The directors, cast, crew and production staff give you insider information on the show.

Visit our Special Events page for these and other exciting opportunities to connect with CU Theatre!

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