Off-Broadway's Perfect Crime Marks 29 Years of Performances Today

News   Off-Broadway's Perfect Crime Marks 29 Years of Performances Today
The long-running Off-Broadway thriller Perfect Crime, which first opened in 1987, celebrates its 29th anniversary–and 11,482nd performance–today at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater in the Theater Center near Times Square.

Catherine Russell
Catherine Russell

Original cast member Catherine Russell, who has been with the show for 29 years (securing herself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records), is part of a cast that also includes Jack Koenig, George McDaniel, Patrick Robustelli and Richard Shoberg.

"We've had such terrific audiences over the past 25 years," Russell said in a statement. "They figure out the clues, laugh along at the jokes and have helped make the show a New York institution."

According to the producers, since Perfect Crime opened in 1987, Russell has spent more than 2.5 years of her life (nearly 18,000 hours) onstage. She has shot 90 different men and kissed 59 others. Some 104,832 bullets have been fired onstage and more than 6,000 prop coffee cakes have been eaten. The show has employed 243 actors during its existence.

Perfect Crime has been modernized over the years. The set now includes a flat screen TV, references to "The Phil Donahue Show" were changed to Oprah and then "the morning shows"; and a reference to a character's net worth has increased from $1 million to $50 million, and now to $600 million.

Perfect Crime opened as an Equity Showcase in 1987. It is the longest-running non-musical play in the history of New York theatre.

Tickets for Perfect Crime can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster or by calling (212) 307-4100. The Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway. 

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