It’s difficult to imagine repeating yourself nearly 12,000 times—unless you’re Catherine Russell. Russell is the star of the smash hit off Broadway play Perfect Crime, which is now entering its 30th year. At the time of this writing, she has missed only 4 performances, earning her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Housed at the Anne L. Bernstein Center, it is the longest running play in the history of New York theater, on or off Broadway. Russell plays Margaret Thorne Brent, a Connecticut psychiatrist accused of killing her husband and she has been with the project from its’ inception. The Broadway Blog recently talked to her about this stalwart that has been thrilling audiences since 1987.
BB: What is about the show and you that endures?
CR: I’m a proponent of the off-Broadway economic model. This has a small cast and one set, so the costs are relatively low. I think people really like thrillers too. It’s a genre that people understand and the title lets people know exactly what to expect. Because crime dramas are so prevalent on TV, this is something that they recognize when they choose live entertainment. The ticket prices are less expensive and seats are much closer because of the intimate space. Our Times Square location mixed with the 30-year history is also an endorsement.