It’s no mistake that “Black Comedy” begins in the dark. As Weatherford College actors traverse the darkened stage acting as if the lights are on, the situation comes to light as a short circuit causes a power outage cutting their ability to see while at the same time the stage lights rise to illuminate their predicament. The remainder of the one-act, English play is a comedic dance in the dark that only the audience can see.
Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancée, Carol Melkett, 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-mistress, Clea, shows up unexpectedly and things slide into disaster. Mistaken identifies, furniture coming and going, drinks getting sent to the wrong people (including the daughter of a strict Baptist minister) and lies being told to cover up the disaster turns into a hilarious farce and creates a huge surprise ending.
The Weatherford College cast includes Seth O’Bannon as Brindsley Miller, Delace McMahan as Carol Melkett, Kelsie Bruce as Miss Furnival, Kylar Dobbs as Colonel Melkett, Joshua Davis as Harold Gorringe, Stephen Sullivan as Schuppanzigh, Jeanelle Godson as Clea and Arik Yates as Georg Bamberger.
“Black Comedy” takes the stage Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Doors open a half hour before show time. This production is free to attend.