Rave reviews greeted this long one act masterpiece of farce when it was recently revived in London with Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy.
Feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdfoot, the first a fusty philanderer and the second a pompous and vindictive second stringer, are swept into the whodunit they are viewing. In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas that follows, the body under the sofa proves to be the missing first string critic. As mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, Moon and Birdfoot become dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman.
"The Real Inspector Hound
and Black Comedy
are two of the funniest and most brilliant short plays in the language....They make the theatre a place of liberating laughter." - London Sunday Times
"Brilliant plays." - Daily Telegraph
"Really funny comic gems." - Daily Mail
"A dream double bill of pure hilarity.... Some of Stoppard's best writing." - International Herald Tribune
"What absurd fun Tom Stoppard created when he let fantasies run wild." - Evening Standard
"Witty and delicious parody of the fog bound whodunit." - Guardian
"A tour de force of theatrical metaphysics." - Daily Mail
"A masterpiece.... Stoppard mines murder mystery conventions and strikes gold." - Independent on Sunday
"Zanily, crazily funny." - The New York Times
"Comedy satire of delightful quality." - New York Post