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Doha Players to reprise adult play ‘Black Comedy’

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Doha Players Black Comedy cast
Doha Players Black Comedy cast

To mark its 60th birthday, local theater group Doha Players is set to present the classic play Black Comedy at Education City this month.

The group, which performed to sold-out crowds during its Les Miserables rendition earlier this year, has decided to reprise Black Comedy for the third time in Doha Players history.

The theater group first performed it in 1978, and again in 1993.

Speaking to Doha News, group member Elaine Potter explained why the team has decided to perform the play once more, 21 years later:

“What a better way to celebrate our 60th birthday. Black Comedy is an incredibly funny play and it has been such a long time since we performed it. We now have a new audience to share the play with as a lot of our previous audiences are no longer in Doha. They have recommended us doing another production, rating it highly.”

Unlike most of its past shows, this particular Doha Players performance is only open to adults, however.

Potter told Doha News that this is because the play “contains adult humor and we don’t think that children would understand it and would be easily bored.”

Black Comedy

Written by British playwright Peter Shaffer, the play explores societal issues through its comedic storyline.

Original 1965 Black Comedy cast
Original 1965 Black Comedy cast

Set in a London apartment during the 1960s, a couple hosts a party at their home and tries to impress their guests with antique furniture stolen from their neighbors.

But the party doesn’t go quite as planned for the engaged couple – a power outage dominates the course of the evening and unexpected, unwanted guests show up.

Humor is derived from Shaffer’s use of puns, unexpected mishaps and general comedy during the party, with the title of the play being a pun itself.

Black Comedy made its successful debut in London in 1965 before making it big on Broadway, bagging five Tony Awards for its Broadway productions.

Doha’s performance

Directed by Kathy Searcy with the help of the Doha Players production team, Black Comedy will take to the stage from Oct. 16 to 19 and Oct. 22 to 25 at Education City’s Black Box Theatre at the Student Center. Shows begin at 7:30pm.

Education city's Black Box Theatre
Education city's Black Box Theatre

Due to ongoing construction, there is limited parking at the Student Center, and visitors are advised to park at Education City’s Ceremonial Court Carpark and then walk to the building.

No food or drink is allowed inside the 225-seat theater, but snacks and meals are on sale inside the Student Center for guests to enjoy before or after the show.

Latecomers will not be admitted to the show until intermission.

Tickets are currently being sold at The One stores at Landmark and Villaggio malls for QR75/person.

Doha Players will close its 60th anniversary with one more play this year. Peter Pan will be performed from Dec. 3 to 6.

Although further details are not yet available, production for the family-friendly performance is currently underway.

Will you be attending Black Comedy? Thoughts?

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MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Making fun of black people, oh how awful. I bet this will be loved in Doha….

Osman Bey
Osman Bey
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Black comedy is actually satire, and does not include black people .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_comedy

BBCA
BBCA
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I think you are misunderstanding. Black does not Mean Black People. LOL! Although you can not tell by my Avatar. I am a Black American and I have no problem with the play. It is an old British play that has nothing to do with Black people. I look forward to the play. 🙂

By the Way… Black is a reference to the lights being out as part of some scenes in the play. Google a synopsis.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

I know, just my black humour…….

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

So does BBCA stand for Big Black Californian?

BBCA
BBCA
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Hahahaha. that is so Awesome. I’ve been trolling around here for about 3 years now and no one has ever caught on. I figured I had “Won” LOL! Yes I am not only a member of this “BBC Association” I am the reigning president. My Job as the president is to bring (lets call it) “joy” to as many women in The Middle East, the US, and as much of Europe as possible! Someday I will expand my territory to India, China and Russia. Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines are also on the list of currently conquered territories. I take my job as president seriously! LOL!

Desert Witch
Desert Witch
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Can’t believe you just said that without checking out what a black comedy is.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Desert Witch

I don’t like people who perform sick humour either. Trying to be funny when ill is just wrong.

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