Perfect Crime (Paperback)
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.
"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
About the Author
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 same year, making Warren - then, age twenty-five - the youngest American ever to have a play optioned for Broadway. As for Warren's plays that have been presented on stage in New York, Perfect Crime has played Off-Broadway since April 18, 1987, making it the longest-running play in the history of New York theatre. In addition, he has written Cleo Liberman's All Girl Revue, The Award and other plays, and Stages, all of which have been produced in New York. Mr. Manzi has also written four original screenplays, as yet unproduced: Trial by Fire, The David Show, Jealousy, and Disguise; as well as several other stage plays, including Model Home, Non Compis Mentis, Four to Go and four thrillers: The Murder Game, Queen's Gambit Declined, What Do Dogs Do When You Leave the House and Murders. As a director, Mr. Manzi is a five-time winner of the Best Director Award at the New England Theatre Conference. He has directed his own dramatic works in New York City: Stages (at The Courtyard Playhouse), The Award and othe plays (at Theater Four) and Cleo Liberman's All Girl Revue (at The Ballroom). In New York, Mr. Manzi has also directed Matt Cutugno's Incommunicado, Three Sisters, the world premieres of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s Between Time and Timbuktu and Samm-Art William's Cork as well as lonesco's Rhinoceros, George Kaiser's From Morning to Midnight, Keither Reddin's Rum & Coke, Heathcote Williams' The Local Stigmatic and Durrenmatt's The Visit.
"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
Perfect Crime was first presented at The Courtyard Playhouse in New York City on April 17, 1987. It was directed by Jeffrey Hyatt.