Perfect Crime is a year 1987 Off Broadway play in the murder mystery and thriller type written by Warren Manzi.
It narrates the story of Margaret Thorne Brent, an accomplished Connecticut psychiatrist and potential cold-blooded killer who may have made "the perfect crime." When her wealthy husband, W. Harrison Brent, turns up dead, she gets caught in the middle of a frightening game of cat and mouse with her deranged patient, Lionel McAuley, and Inspector Ascher, the handsome but two-faced investigator is assigned to the case.
Perfect Crime is presently the longest running play in the New York City history. The play has been titled "an urban legend" by New York Times critic Jason Zinoman because of its long and storied history. Perfect Crime was at first optioned for Broadway in the year 1980, just after author Manzi graduated from the Yale School of Drama.
At the age of 25, Manzi, then starring as Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway, was the youngest American author ever to have a play optioned for Broadway. After producer Morton Gottlieb, (Deathtrap), wanted to change the play's name to "Guilty Hands" Manzi lost interest and moved to Hollywood to write the screenplays, featuring one of the several versions of the film Clue.