In the immortal, though apocryphal, final words of actor Edmund Kean, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." So is lighting comedy, a genre that can be treacherously difficult for designers. For example, LD Brian MacDevitt recently designed a trio of successful New York productions, all of them billed as comedies, but none of them lighthearted. Each uses humor to probe painful aspects of the human condition yet each varies wildly in style and tone. And, of course, each posed different and daunting ...

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