Off-Broadway's Perfect Crime Gets Equity Approval to Reopen on 34th Anniversary
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:22 pm EDT 04/14/21

"A true New York mystery with gunshots, mistaken identities, a romantic subplot,
and a painting that holds all the answers." - New York Magazine

"An urban legend. Wonderfully puzzling…A crackling thriller…" - New York Times

"A cunning little whodunit…" - The New Yorker





(New York, NY) - Perfect Crime, the longest running play in New York City history, today announced that it is the first show to receive Actors' Equity approval to re-open on Sunday, April 18th at 7:30PM - its 34th anniversary performance. The production is the first Actors' Equity production on or Off-Broadway to return to NYC with live actors. Perfect Crime will reopen with a newly updated ventilation system, a fully vaccinated cast and staff, and numerous safety precautions and policies in place.

Perfect Crime will do a special "preview" performance on Saturday 4/17 at 8:00PM and then officially reopen on Sunday 4/18 at 7:30PM (a celebratory performance where the audience will be given complimentary champagne before entering the theater). The permanent schedule will be as follows: Monday-Tuesday and Friday 8 PM, Saturday 2 & 8 PM and Sunday 3 & 7:30 PM. www.perfect-crime.com

The Covid-19 pandemic did what 9/11, the subsequent worst recession since the Great Depression and the Swine Flu pandemic could not - temporarily suspend performances of the long running murder mystery. The production, written by the late Warren Manzi and produced by Armand Michael Hyatt, has the distinction of being the only show (on or Off-Broadway) that has run over the course of five different decades - during the 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s and now the 20s. The 'urban legend' has managed to withstand the test of time - evolving with the changing styles, technology, culture, audiences, and various crisis' around it.

The show will begin its 35th year of performances is reopening with numerous safety upgrade, precautions, and policies in place:

Everyone who works in the building (actors, stage managers, dressers, technicians, treasurers, house managers and ushers) will all be fully vaccinated.

Everyone entering The Theater Center must wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. All audience members and staff will wear masks at all times. The Theater Center has worked with Ticketmaster to create an easy-to-use contactless ticketing service as well contact tracing.

The Theater Center has installed ten Atmosair Matterhorn 1002 "Air Scrubbers," an innovative Bi-polar ionization system that will "catch and kill" any contaminants in the air throughout our entire complex. It is the same system used by NASA and many hospitals across the country. These units fill the venue with hospital grade air that captures and neutralizes viruses, bacteria, and VOC's as they happen in real time.

The Theater Center has added Sensedge Air Quality monitors to each floor so patrons can check the quality of the air throughout the space when they first enter the lobby.

The Theater Center has upgraded its HVAC filters to utilize MERV13 filters.

The Theater Center's staff are following all the CDC and NY DOH guidelines for hourly and daily deep disinfection cleaning.

The Theater Center now has Covid Compliance Officers to ensure safety protocols are in place and adhered to at all times.

All audience members will be seated in "pods" with the people they came with. Each pod is socially distanced from the next.

Building capacity limits will always be posted in plain sight and followed accordingly to state and local guidelines.

Perfect Crime began its run at a very different time, in a very different New York City. In 1987...

The internet was in its infancy.
Hardly anyone had a cell phone.
USA Today became the first US newspaper to publish a digital photograph on its front page.
After many years of research, a new drug called AZT is used for the treatment of AIDS.
Airplanes were just being outfitted to fly using computer-driven, fly-by-wire controls.
Pioneer introduced its erasable-recordable laser video disc.
The NYC subway cost $1 and you used tokens - there were no metro cards or OMNY payments.
The Iron Curtain was still up in Berlin and the USSR wasn't called Russia.
The best-selling video game was Zelda II.
The Simpsons aired its first episode, Married with Children and 21 Jump Street were top tv shows and Fatal Attraction was on the silver screen.

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, a deranged patient, and the handsome detective who's falling in love with her.

Perfect Crime features Catherine Russell, who has performed in the show since its first preview in1987. She has never taken a sick day or a vacation day since then. The show also features Patrick Ryan Sullivan, David Butler, Charles Geyer, and Patrick Robustelli ( the well-known Broadway restaurant owner in an on-video cameo). Jeffrey Hyatt is the director. The technical team includes her long underutilized understudy and ASM Andrea Leigh and Production Stage Manager Louis Crocco.

Perfect Crime plays in The Anne Bernstein Theatre (4th floor) at The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

Tickets are $45 and $65 and all groups will be seated in socially distanced pod seating. Call the box office at 212-921 7862 or go to ticketmaster.com

Link http://www.perfect-crime.com

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