BWW Reviews: Black Comedy Does Not Leave Audiences In The Dark

BWW Reviews: Black Comedy Does Not Leave Audiences In The Dark

Idaho Arts Charter in Nampa (high school) invited me to come and review their show BLACK COMEDY by Peter Shaffer. If I do not know the play, I try not to walk in the door with expectation, however, with this title, I was thinking it was going to be a "dark comedy". I was pleasantly surprised that it was not.

BLACK COMEDY is a farce that takes place during a blackout somewhere in England. This can be difficult to do as many high school students learned about British dialects by watching Mary Poppins. However, these students had just subtle enough for me to know England with out being overly done or stereotypical. Well done!

The play is about an artist and his debutant girlfriend who hatch a plan to impress an eccentric art collector and her father. They do this by stealing the higher quality furniture, excuse me, temporarily borrowing the furniture from his next door neighbor. When the play begins, the power goes out and all kinds mischief occurs. It is important to remember that when you can see the actors, it's actually dark and when you can not see them, it's light

This play was fun. I enjoy going to the high school productions, I can see the raw talent and ejoyment of the students as they entertain the audiences. And I can see the enjoyment and pride of the audience members as they are being entertained.

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Teresa Rodrick My name is Teresa Rodrick, I was born in Edmonds, Washington - grew up in Mountlake Terrace (WA), married a man from Everett (WA) and my folks moved to Lake Stevens (WA). So when asked, I say I am from the Seattle Area. Way back when I was in high school, I was given lines to perform to open a play (I was a choir girl) and I still remember a part of the line: “No one stopped to give him gladsome looks.” I was then in two other plays. From there I married my husband in June 1990. He was military and we moved around a bit. Our children were born during this time. We lived in England for 2 years, Germany for 6 years and moved to San Antonio, Texas. In San Antonio, I decided I had put my own career off long enough and started going to Palo Alto Community College. I got my Associates Degree in Drama in May 2005. From San Antonio, we moved back to England for just over 3 years. I did one stint in community theatre there. From there we moved to Boise, Idaho. I received my Bachelors in Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Secondary Education in May 2012 from Boise State University.

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