With over 12,522 performances, Perfect Crime is New York City’s longest running play. Witness outstanding performances by a talented troupe of actors, including Catherine Russell, well known for her hard-working reputation.
Why Watch Perfect Crime
A gripping murder mystery tale, Perfect Crime has been deemed an “urban legend” by the New York Times. It has bagged the title of the longest running play in the history of New York theatre with a whopping 12,000 performances so far (both on and off broadway). Since Perfect Crime opened in 1987, leading lady Catherine Russell has spent collectively 17,000 hours on stage, shot 89 different men, and kissed 57 others — all without taking a single day off. Rightfully so, her incredible work has landed her a spot in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records.
A fast paced, exciting thriller that revolves around three psychiatrists: a detective, a crazy patient and a dead body. Was he murdered? Or did his wife kill him? The investigating detective believes that she did, until he begins to fall in love with her. However, under mysterious circumstances, the husband reappears causing the audience to experience dark twists throughout the story. Will he get to the bottom of the mystery?
Crime drama | Thriller | Alfred Hitchcock genre fans
“Remarkably, Ms. Russell does not seem too old for the role she has played for almost two decades. Without a trace of boredom in her active eyes, she projects a palpable unease as the body count rises, but never truly reveals her hand. Fans of cheap genre novels and twisty murder mysteries may have fun puzzling out the labyrinthine plot. If the play seems convoluted, that is part of the point.”
–The New York Times
“The play has one other secret weapon: actress Catherine Russell. Not only does Russell play the part of wealthy psychiatrist Margaret Thorne Brent, but she also serves as general manager of the play. As general manager, she makes sure tickets are being sold.”
– The New York Business Journal
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Children under 4 will not be admitted.
The Theatre Centre formerly known as Snapple Theatre has a seating capacity of 199.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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I don't understand why other reviews are so critical. It was a good, solid play if you keep an open mind and pay attention. Catherine is lovely in her role even after all these years. Nothing quite has changed in Perfect Crime. I would watch it yet another time only to keep it running!
There are extreme plot developments and random changes that will make you go "huh?" but don't let that stop you from watching this play once. The longest running play is also the most hated play, but a one time watch will make you smile as the lead actor Catherine is truly a legend.
The storyline was complicated and very difficult to follow! Perfect Crime had a couple of bad reviews but they didn't seem to shake me. I really wanted to enjoy the show and get into it but it was a muddled mess of a plot, which wandered into absurdity.
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The Theater Center, 1627 Broadway, New York