Photo Coverage: BSC's Black Comedy Opens
Barrington Stage Company is currently presenting Peter Shaffer's farce Black Comedy. Directed by Lou Jacob, Black Comedy plays for a three-week run at Barrington Stage (30 Union Street) from July 19 through August 4. The official press opening was Sunday, July 22 at 5pm.
The play is "a witty comedy from the Tony Award-winning playwright of Amadeus, Equus, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Lettice and Lovage. In Black Comedy, disaster strikes when aspiring artist Brindsley Miller tries to impress his fiance's father while desperately and hilariously dealing with a power failure and the ensuing confusion among his invitedand uninvitedguests," state press materials. "To create this hilarious scenario, Shaffer uses a 600-year-old convention of Chinese theatre in which total darkness is represented by bright stage light and normal light is represented onstage by total darkness. In the world of Black Comedy, dark is light, light is dark, and the complications, mix-ups, and laughs are non-stop!"
Heading the cast of eccentrics are Brian Avers (Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Brindsley Miller, Nell Mooney (PS 122's Gorilla Man) as Carol Melkett, Beth Dixon (Roundabout's Major Barbara) as Miss Furnival, Gerry Bamman (American premiere of Bartleby the Scrivener; BSC's Black Sheep) as Colonel Melkett, Mark H. Dold (Off-Broadway Tall Grass; BSC's Cyrano, Earnest and Ring Round the Moon) as Harold Gorringe, Gordon Stanley (recently seen as 'Doc' in BSC's West Side Story) as Schuppanzigh, Ginifer King (recent B'way revival of Gypsy, BSC's Ring Round the Moon and Mame) as Clea.
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Brian Avers as Brindsley Miller
Nell Mooney as Carol Melkett
Brian Avers (Brindsley Miller), Gerry Bamman (Col. Melkett) and Nell Mooney (Carol Melkett)
Photos by Charlie Siedenburg
BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd with BSC Board Members Sheila Richman, Eda Sorokoff and Board President Mary Ann Quinson
Black Comedy director Lou Jacob congratulates Nell Mooney and Brian Avers on their performances
"That 70s Show" star Debra Jo Rupp and (far right) Kevin Carolan (currently in rehearsals for Berkshire Theatre Festival's Morning's at Seven) came to congratulate Brian Avers, Ginifer King and Mark H. Dold