This psychological thriller is a favorite in acting workshops. It is a mind game play. Toyer is someone who toys; he is a mass paralyzer who toys with his victims. He does not murder or rape, he seduces and then immobilizes.
From the author: "If this play is about anything, it is about our vast ability to manipulate one another. About our wondrous gift for lying. It is about our awful power of charisma. It is about our capacity to believe any truth, as it suits us. It is about our immediate power to forgive; our need to move on. It is about compromise, our willingness to sleep with our executioner. It is about our moral lawlessness: our loss of instincts, and the inner beliefs of our own. It is about our capacity to absorb mindless horror, that a crime is only a crime if it happens to us; nothing else angers us. It is about our dreadful crimes; not that they happen, that we know about them and turn the page."
"Deeply disturbing and entirely relevant. A classic mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat, guessing." - All Things Considered, National Public Radio
"A brilliant evening of theater. A double tour de force. The most exciting play we've had all year." - Variety
"Powerful." - The Washington Post
"Superb. Riveting, breathtaking. Strong stuff...most exciting drama of the year...restores to theater what theater's meant to be." - L.A. Herald Examiner
"This has to be the most intense play between a man and a woman ever written." - Axxess Magazine
"The writing is taut with a good deal of steely wit." - The Daily Express
"Playwright Gardner McKay's script is taut, chilling...my blood ran cold..." The Daily Mail
"A classic mystery that always keeps you guessing on the edge of your seat." - Variety
Following productions in Los Angles and the Actors Studio, it was produced at the Eisenhower Theatre and the Kennedy Center with Kathleen Turner and Brad Davis, directed by Tony Richardson.