The White Liars and Black Comedy: Two One-act Plays

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Samuel French, Inc., 1968 - Antiques - 127 pages
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"In one hilarious act [Black Comedy], the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are to be on, the stage is the dark. Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d'arte "borrowed" from the absent antique collector next door hoping to impress his fiancee's pompous father and a wealthy art dealer, Schuppanzigh. The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on the verge of very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored." -- Publisher's description.
 

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Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
42
Section 4
43
Section 5
44
Section 6
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Peter Levin Shaffer was born in Liverpool, England on May 15, 1926. He received a degree in history from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1950. He wrote a mystery novel entitled How Doth the Little Crocodile? with his fraternal twin Anthony Shaffer. It was published under the joint pseudonym Peter Anthony as were several more mystery novels. Peter Shaffer's first play, The Salt Land, was produced on television by the BBC in 1954. His first Broadway play Five Finger Exercise opened in 1959 and was adapted into a movie. His other Broadway plays included The Private Ear, The Public Eye, Black Comedy, White Lies, and Lettice and Lovage. His plays Equus and Amadeus both won Tony awards and were adapted into movies. He won an Academy Award for his film adaptation of Amadeus. His play The Royal Hunt of the Sun was also adapted into a movie. He was knighted in 2001. He died on June 6, 2016 at the age of 90.

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