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A Review of Perfect Crime (Off Broadway)

By Alan Miller, April 24, 2012

  • Acting
    5 stars
  • Direction
    5 stars
  • Overall
    4 stars
  • Production
    4 stars
  • Story
    4 stars
  • Writing
    4 stars

I saw Perfect Crime (Off Broadway) on 04/18/12. Overall, I'd say it was a 4-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “it has run for 25 years but doesn't show its age”

I had a good time and left the show feeling satisfied. I'd describe the show as fun, clever,, surprising. Catherine russell was a highlight of the show because she has starred in the show since it opened. If this were a movie, I'd rate it PG. I would recommend this show to everyone.

We first saw Perfect Crime, starring Catherine Russell as Margaret Thorne Brent, more than two decades ago and enjoyed it considerably. But when we accepted an invitation to attend the 25th anniversary performance last night, we weren’t sure how well the play would hold up after all those years or whether we’d enjoy it this time nearly as much. We needn’t have worried. The play is still great fun – a rollicking, multi-layered whodunit in which the lead role of Margaret is still being played brilliantly by Russell (which has landed her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records). During that time, Russell has spent nearly 17,000 hours onstage performing the role of Margaret, has shot 89 different men and kissed 57 others. In total, the show has employed 237 actors during its 25-year existence – but Russell has been at the center of it all throughout that entire time. It’s hard to imagine that one might live in New York and not yet have seen this show but if you do and if you haven’t, you might find it fun to do so.

I’ve posted an expanded review of this 25th anniversary production and of other Broadway, off Broadway and off off Broadway plays on my blog

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