Two Hilarious Comedies Lighten the Darkness of Winter Middlebury, VT - 13 January 2016 - Brighten the gloom and cold of February with two of the funniest one-act comedies ever written! The Middlebury Community Players presents Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy and Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound at the Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Vermont from February 11 to 14. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 8:00, with a 2:00 matinee on Sunday the 14th. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday show, $17 for all other performances, and can be purchased at the box office, (802) 382-9222, or online at www.townhalltheater.org. Black Comedy, Shaffer's (Equus, Amadeus) brilliant take on classic farce, is the riotous story of the most important meeting of Brindsley Miller's career. A struggling sculptor, he finally has the chance to show his works to the world's wealthiest man. But moments before the billionaire's arrival, a power outage plunges the neighborhood into total darkness. (We, of course, can see everything.) Throw in surprise visits from the spinster upstairs and the antique dealer next door, the unexpected arrival of his fiancee's disapproving father, and his mischievous ex-fiancee's arriving with a determination to reenter his life, and suddenly the apartment is filled with schemes, mis-identifications, and near-misses as the characters grope their way, unseeing, toward catastrophe. The Real Inspector Hound is Tom Stoppard's (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Jumpers, Travesties) hysterical parody of the English drawing room murder mystery. Two critics watching and commenting on the premiere of a new play find themselves inexplicably drawn into the story, forced to become characters in a mystery where the stakes prove to be deadly. Bordering on the surreal, Hound combines ingenious plotting with Stoppard's trademark wit and verbal legerdemain. Hound is directed by Trent Campbell and Black Comedy by Kate Tilton, and feature talented local actors. Come join us in February for an evening of hilarious misadventures and quality theater.