2023 Season,  shows

Black Comedy

Gaslight Theater’s “2023 Season of Laughter” continues in April and May with Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy”, directed by Lucille Rioux. The show will be produced at Hallowell City Hall Auditorium at 1 Winthrop Street in Hallowell over two weekends, including Sunday matinees, April 28, 29 and 30 and May 5, 6 & 7. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees start at 2:00 PM.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and Seniors. $15 for adults or $12 for students and Seniors. Tickets are available at the door; cash, check and credit card* accepted. For reservations (not required) call 207-626-3698 or to purchase tickets online go to https://gaslight-theater.square.site/
* Please note, there is a $1.00 surcharge on Credit card and online sales to cover the processing charges

Black Comedy” is a one-act farce by Peter Shaffer first performed in 1965. The premise of the piece is that light and dark are transposed, so that when the stage is lit the cast are supposed to be in darkness and only when the stage is dark are they supposed to be able to see each other and their surroundings. A young sculptor and his fiancée have borrowed some expensive antique furniture from a neighbor’s flat without his permission to impress an elderly millionaire art collector. When the power fails, the neighbor returns early, other people also arrive….

Matthew Ferrin of Augusta will perform as Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor. His fiancee Carol Melkett will be played by Kathryn Ross of Gardiner. Michael Stiles of Kents Hill will play Carol’s father, Colonel Melkett. The part of Clea, Brindsley’s ex, will be performed by Robyn DesLauriers of South Gardiner. Kathleen Leopold of Richmond will play Miss Furnival. Jeff Cabral of Biddeford will play antique shop owner Harold Gorringe. Joe Blackwell of Waterville will play Schuppanzigh, a German refugee, and Gaslight Theater’s own Richard Bostwick of Hallowell will play millionaire art collector Georg Samberger.


Gaslight Theater’s production of “Black Comedy” is sponsored by Free ME from Lung Cancer. Gaslight Theater’s 2023 “Season of Laughter” has been made possible by Season Sponsor E.J. Perry Construction Company and by Turner Publishing, Media Sponsor. 

Other upcoming productions in Gaslight’s 2023 “Season of Laughter” include The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon in July,  a play still to be determined in November and Jellofish, dates to be announced.

If you go:

  • Gaslight Theater presents Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy”
  • Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop Street, Hallowell.
    The Auditorium, located on the 2nd floor, is handicapped accessible by elevator.
  • When:
    Friday & Saturday, April 28 and 29 at 7:30pm
    Sunday Matinee, April 30 at 2:00pm
    Friday & Saturday, May 5 and 6 at 7:30pm
    Sunday Matinee, May 7 at 2:00pm
  • Tickets:
    $15 for adults or $12 for students and Seniors
    Available at the door; cash, check and credit card* accepted.
    For reservations (not required) call 207-626-3698. To
    purchase tickets online https://gaslight-theater.square.site/
    * There is a $1.00 surcharge on credit card and online sales to cover the processing charges
    we pay to offer this service.