Back-to-Back Comedies Feb. 11-14

Brighten the gloom and cold of February by going to see two of the funniest one-act comedies ever written! The Players present Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound at the Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Vermont from February 11 to 14. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 8:00, with a 2:00 matinee on Valentine’s Day, Sunday the 14th. Tickets are $17 — with a special price of only $12 for Opening Night on February 11.

For tickets, call or stop by the Town Hall Theater Box Office,
802-382-9222, Monday-Saturday noon to 5pm,
or online anytime at Town Hall Theater website

Black Comedy, Shaffer’s (Equus, Amadeus) brilliant take on classic farce, is the riotous story of the most important meeting of Brindsley Miller’s career. A struggling sculptor, he finally has the chance to show his works to the world’s wealthiest man. But moments before the billionaire’s arrival, a power outage plunges the neighborhood into total darkness. (The audience, of course, can see everything.) Throw in surprise visits from the spinster upstairs and the antique dealer next door, the unexpected arrival of his fiancee’s disapproving father, and his mischievous ex-fiancee’s arriving with a plot to reenter his life, and suddenly the apartment is filled with schemes, mis-identifications, and near-misses as the characters grope their way, unseeing, toward catastrophe.

The Real Inspector Hound is Tom Stoppard’s (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Jumpers, Travesties) hysterical parody of the English drawing room murder mystery. Two critics watching and commenting on the premiere of a new play find themselves inexplicably drawn into the story, forced to become characters in a mystery where the stakes prove to be deadly. Bordering on the surreal, Hound combines ingenious plotting with Stoppard’s trademark wit and verbal wizardry.

Hound is directed by Trent Campbell and Black Comedy by Kate Tilton, and feature talented local actors (see lists below).

Come join us in February for an evening of hilarious misadventures and quality theater!

The Cast of Black Comedy
Michael Purdue – Brindsley Miller
Elizabeth Haney – Carol Melkett
Kristen Johannesson – Miss Furnival
Pierre Vachon – Colonel Melkett
Mack Roark – Harold Gorringe
Michael Chamberlain – Schuppanzigh
Joanna Colwell – Clea
Christopher Ross – Georg Bamberger

The Cast of The Real Inspector Hound
Kevin Commins – Moon
Mike Lynch – Birdboot
Claire Lawson – Mrs Drudge
Kerianne Severy – Felicity Cunningham
Kate La Riviere Gagner – Cynthia Muldoon
Alex Nicosia – Maj. Magnus Muldoon
Leigh Guptill – Inspector Hound
Raymond Johnston – Simon Gascoyne
Ian Ross – Body

Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.