‘Black Comedy’ brings farce to Pellissippi State stage

“Black Comedy,” a farce about what happens when the lights go out at a dinner party, launches the spring 2019 theatre season at Pellissippi State Community College next weekend.

Audiences have three opportunities to catch the one-act play: at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

All performances will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Tickets, available at www.pstcc.edu/tickets, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students.

While the characters in “Black Comedy” are in the dark, the audience can see everything as lovesick and desperate Brindsley Miller must impress his fiancée’s father while trying to return “borrowed” antiques from his next-door neighbor, who has suddenly shown up at his darkened door.

“Because it’s a farce, there’s a lot of physical comedy in it,” said Theatre Program Coordinator Charles R. Miller, noting the play was postponed from fall semester when an actor broke his hand. “It’s a great big silly, fluffy, fun feature, which gives our students who have taken a class on farce and comedy an opportunity to earn their chops.”

Written by Peter Shaffer and first performed in 1965 in England, “Black Comedy” premiered on Broadway in 1967 and featured the Broadway debuts of actors Michael Crawford, who originated the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera,” and the late Lynn Redgrave, who was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

At Pellissippi State, the production is a mix of former and current Pellissippi State students, Miller said, as well as members of the faculty and the community.

“Black Comedy” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State series. For more information on upcoming visual arts exhibits, theatre productions, musical performances and faculty lectures, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.