Off-Broadway's PERFECT CRIME to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Performances Next Week

PERFECT CRIME, the Off-Broadway 'whodunit' that New York Magazine calls "a true New York murder mystery" and the New York Times calls "a crackling thriller" will start its milestone 30th year of performances on Monday, April 18th at 8PM - continuing on as the longest running play in the city's history. The smart, funny and fast-paced thriller at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater in The Theater Center in Times Square (1627 Broadway) will have played over 11,899 performances since it first opened in 1987.

When PERFECT CRIME first opened, the Internet was in its infancy, most people didn't own a cell phone, the NYC subway cost $1 and you used tokens - there were no metro cards. The Iron Curtain was still up in Berlin, and the USSR wasn't called Russia. The first episode of The Simpsons aired, Married with Children and 21 Jump Street were the top shows on TV and Fatal Attraction was on the silver screen.

PERFECT CRIME features Catherine Russell, who was recently featured by the Associated Press as "The Off Broadway force of nature" and by Forbes Magazine as "Off Broadway's Leading Lady." She has starred in the show since its first performance and has never taken a sick day or a vacation day in the past 29 years! It's a feat that has landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records. Russell's incredible streak has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, Good Morning America and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News and numerous other media outlets including The Associated Press and People, which dubbed her "The Cal Ripken of Broadway."

The perfect show for CSI and Law & Order fans, PERFECT CRIME tells the story of attractive psychiatrist and suspected cold-blooded killer Margaret Brent, her wealthy husband, deranged patient, and the handsome detective who's falling in love with her.

Since PERFECT CRIME opened in 1987, Catherine Russell has spent over 2.7 years of her life (nearly 23,798 hours) onstage. She has shot 94 different men and kissed 64 others. Nearly 108,576 bullets have been fired onstage and over 6215 prop coffee cakes have been eaten. The show has employed 251 actors during its 29-year existence.

The cast of PERFECT CRIME also includes Jack Koenig, Hugh Hysell (My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Patrick Robustelli (a well known Broadway restaurant owner making an on-video cameo); and Richard Shoberg, who played Tom Cudahy on ABC's All My Children for 24 years. Perfect Crime was written by the late Warren Manzi and directed by Jeffrey Hyatt.

Tickets for PERFECT CRIME are available by calling the box office at (212) 921-7862 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. Student rush tickets ($26) are also available by calling or visiting the box office.



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