Drop Dead Perfect OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: John Quilty
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    August 23, 2015
    Closing:
    October 24, 2015

    Theater: Theatre at St. Clement's / 423 West 46th Street, New York, New York, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Drop Dead Perfect follows Idris Seabright, a wealthy, eccentric mistress of a Key West cottage that runs her estate with a zany flair. When her beloved ward Vivien decides to abandon the Florida Keys to pursue art in Greenwich Village, and Idris' lawyer becomes alarmingly interested in her investments, Idris' life begins its outrageous downward spiral. After she receives a visit from a mysterious stranger who bears an undeniable resemblance to her long-lost love, her life erupts into over-the-top comic mayhem.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Drop Dead Perfect

    ‘Drop Dead Perfect,’ Winking Melodrama, Returns to St. Clement’s

    Anita Gates

    August 24, 2015: In a sweet 1950s peach crocheted dress and matching bolero, Everett Quinton has never looked lovelier. As Idris Seabright, a lonely and overwrought spinster growing old in the Florida Keys, he laments a storm’s having wreaked “havoc on my African hibiscus — and my poor bougainvillea,” hitting each syllable with that posh Eastern accent that 1930s actresses favored. When a chord of ominous movie music plays, Idris strikes a terrified pose, and we could easily be downtown at the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, where Mr. Quinton and Charles Ludlam starred in the original “The Mystery of Irma Vep” 30 years ago. Mr. Quinton is a genius. It is absolute rapture to see him in his element in “Drop Dead Perfect,” a Peccadillo Theater Company production at the Theater at St. Clement’s that began at Penguin Rep in Rockland County, N.Y.

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