Black Comedy | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 31 2009
Price: $15-$25
Peter Shaffer's 1965 one-act is built on a clever gimmick. The action takes place in a young artist's London flat during an electrical blackout, and the actors stumble blindly about the well-lit stage, bumping into one another and tumbling over furniture. Directed by Peter Sullivan, Piccolo Theatre's production succeeds as a mildly diverting amusement thanks to Shaffer's farcically stereotyped characters, including the artist's debutante fiancee, bohemian ex-girlfriend, and fussy gay neighbor, the fiancee's blustery father, and a prim teetotaler who sheds her inhibitions under the influence of alcohol. But the earnest cast lack the physical skills and stage space needed to generate the slapstick hilarity Shaffer intended. Also on the bill is a suite of sketches by two legendary British comedy duos, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Featured: Cook and Moore's classic Beyond the Fringe piece about a one-legged man auditioning for the role of Tarzan. --Albert Williams
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