Come Into the Garden, Maud is a comedy, one of the trilogy of plays by Noël Coward known collectively as Suite in Three Keys. The other two, A Song at Twilight and Shadows of the Evening are more serious in tone. All three plays are set in the same suite in a luxury hotel in Switzerland. The play depicts a middle-aged American couple. The wife is querulous and domineering, the husband philosophical. He finds comfort in the kindness of a widow they have recently met, and at the end of the play he leaves his wife for her. The play debuted in London’s West End in 1966, starring Coward, and was performed on Broadway in 1974.
Black Comedy is a one-act farce by Peter Shaffer, first performed in 1965. The play is written to be staged under a reversed lighting scheme: the play opens on a darkened stage. A few minutes into the show there is a short circuit, and the stage is illuminated to reveal the characters in a “blackout”. On the few occasions when matches, lighters, or torches are lit, the lights grow dimmer. Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancée Carol Melkett have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbour 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, things slide into disaster for him.
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