Perfect Crime

by  Warren Manzi

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 1f

"Sends electric thrills up the spine!" - The New York Times

"Shows a fine hand at creating suspense. The psychological curve balls... whiz by." - New York Daily News
"If Harold Pinter, Tennessee Williams, and Agath…

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Perfect Crime

by  Warren Manzi

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This cat and mouse thriller is one of Off Broadway's longest running hits. Margaret Thorne Brent, psychiatrist and author, has returned to America with her husband, also a psychiatrist, and settled in an affluent Connecticut community where at least one bizarre murder has taken place. Inspector James Ascher, the local cop, becomes obsessed with Margaret, her patients and their sitting room, where he believes the solution to the murder lies.

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Reviews

"Sends electric thrills up the spine!" - The New York Times

"Shows a fine hand at creating suspense. The psychological curve balls... whiz by." - New York Daily News "If Harold Pinter, Tennessee Williams, and Agatha Christie ever sat around a bar one night and said "Let's write a murder mystery,' they might have come up with Perfect Crime." - United Press International

"Keeps you right there on the edge of your seat with a delightful blend of suspense, sexuality, and intellectual teasing." - Texas Triangle

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting:

    The sitting room of the Brent home in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, an out-of-the-way, wealthy community. Present day.

  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 1f

MARGARET THORNE BRENT - psychiatrist, 30s.
INSPECTOR JAMES ASCHER - the law, late 30s.
W. HARRISON BRENT - Margaret's husband, also a psychiatrist, 40s, retired.
LIONEL MCAULEY - a patient of Margaret's, late 30s.
DAVID BREUER - host of a local cable television show, 30s.

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Authors

Warren Manzi

In 1980, while playing Mozart on Broadway in Amadeus, Warren Manzi wrote his first full-length play, the original version of Perfect Crime. The play was optioned for Broadway that sa ...

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Perfect Crime was first presented at The Courtyard Playhouse in New York City on April 17, 1987. It was directed by Jeffrey Hyatt.

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