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Drop Dead Perfect

From 15 critic and 5 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Cliched, Campy, Ambitious

About the show

Penguin Rep presents a remount of their critically-acclaimed camp-drag melodramatic farce about an eccentric Florida woman turned serial killer starring Everett Quinton. More…

Idris Seabright is one demented dame. A 1950's Florida gargoyle with a penchant for painting still lifes, no matter how her subjects must be stilled, she's as handy with a hatchet as a brush and as rich as she is ruthless.

'Drop Dead Perfect' finds Idris torn between her ingenuous ward who has artistic aspirations, a well-endowed Cuban ex-con who may be her nephew, and her pill-pushing lawyer.

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

The New York Times

"Mr. Quinton is a genius. It is absolute rapture to see him in his element...'Drop Dead Perfect' has abundant plot...This one-act parody lives mainly for its adolescent double entendres and Mr. Quinton’s delicious performance. Joe Brancato, the director, probably just let him run free. But when other actors do bits of perfect stage business, it’s clear that Mr. Brancato’s contributions are considerable." Full Review

Drama Queen NYC

"'Drop Dead Perfect' may not be the most substantial show ever to pay homage to 'Ridiculous theatre,' but it is undeniably frisky and entertaining...This frothy concoction owes at least as much to 'I Love Lucy' as to Hitchcock. Indeed there are Lucy references laced liberally (and comically) throughout the story. 'Drop Dead Perfect' succeeds as a lighthearted tribute to 'Ridiculous theatre,' and is in any event lots of fun. Recommended." Full Review

Gay Socialites

"'Drop Dead Perfect' may not be the most substantial show ever to pay homage to 'Ridiculous theatre,' but it is undeniably frisky and entertaining. It doesn’t hurt that it stars Everett Quinton, the greatest living actor in the Ridiculous tradition (and among the very best in any tradition, as far as I’m concerned)...'Drop Dead Perfect' succeeds as a lighthearted tribute to Ridiculous theatre, and is in any event lots of fun. Recommended." Full Review

Bob's Theater Blog

"While this overwrought tale of Idris Seabright, a wealthy woman in the Florida Keys has its madcap moments, they are too few and far between... It’s all very silly, but not quite silly enough." Full Review

Manhattan Digest

for a previous production "Quinton’s star turn in 'Drop Dead Perfect' is absolute perfection...This wonderfully versatile cast makes the most out of each hyperbolic moment...This is one delicious piece of theater you’ll be glad you attended. " Full Review


for a previous production "You don't have to be a fan of Alfred Hitchcock's Grade B TV mysteries, TV Sitcoms, or the spoofs of old movies as performed on the Carol Burnett Show, but a little frame of reference wouldn't hurt. The playwright includes this little note on the first page of the script, 'Playful abandon is what is important within the framework of a B Grade TV melodrama.' It is that respect for playful abandonment that makes 'Drop Dead Perfect' a refreshing summertime tonic." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "The secret to great camp and parody is subtlety. Overdone mugging and too-easy jokes can make a performance go right down the cringe chute, and there’s little of that here. This is a fun, self-effacing, easy-going comedy with some big laughs and a solid enough storyline to guide the audience through the gags. 'Drop Dead Perfect' is indeed perfect: as a way to spend a fun, light-hearted night out at the theater." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "'Drop Dead Perfect' is a showcase of theatrical craftsmanship. I can imagine a director and actors staging this play as a gag and it failing miserably. What makes The Peccadillo Theater Company and The Penguin Rep Theatre’s production so rewarding is the seriousness with which actors approach their roles; creating poignant and sympathetic caricatures, they seduce us with their talents and charm." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production "In no time at all, you lose any concerns about what this thing is and where it's going because it is clear that the laws of physics do not apply -- not in what is essentially a gay dream had after downing a bottle of Nyquil after an evening in front of a retro channel. Such ridiculousness needs no categorization. All it needs is the ridiculous, and this Fenn dishes up like a stoned cafeteria lady...Joe Brancato clearly steered along a cast in sync with his commitment to well-choreographed in... Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production "Though Mr. Fenn’s play lacks much genuine wit, it does provide setups in its very intricate plotting for all four actors are adept at this sort of highly stylized playing...There is lots of fun, though the laughs come more from the performances than from the text. But on a balmy summer night, I found 'Drop Dead Perfect' a refreshing tonic." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "This adults-only comedy with a queer twist is silly and well-acted, but not destined for immortality...It’s evident that this is writer Fenn’s first play, but at a trim 90 minutes, its issues can be overlooked by those who are seeking a well-executed broad comedy...'Drop Dead Perfect' isn’t, but its star is still in fine form." Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production "The funniest lines and most outrageous moments in 'Drop Dead Perfect,' can’t be properly described in a family newspaper. It’s not that the play’s events, are actually X-rated. They are, however, double-stuffed with double-entendres. And buried in every page of dialogue are allusions to pulp novels, 1950s television, Hollywood melodramas and, yes, steamy theater pieces about repressed spinsters and hunky, bare-chested young men who come to stay." Full Review


for a previous production "'Drop Dead Perfect' certainly demonstrates a knowledgeable affection for the ridiculous style and director Joe Brancato's skilled quartet of actors throw themselves admirably into the parodistic proceedings, but the evening never takes off into the kind of hilarity expected...'Drop Dead Perfect' is designed as handsomely as it is acted, but a stronger vehicle to show off its legendary star is definitely in order." Full Review

Time Out New York

for a previous production "'Drop Dead Perfect' finds Idris trust torn among three other characters: her ingenuous ward, a well-endowed Cuban ex-con who may be her nephew and her pill-providing local lawyer. The plot’s hotchpotch of Alfred Hitchcock, 'Southern Gothic,' 'The Glass Menagerie' and 'I Love Lucy' is in no way substantial but aspires only to a silliness that it ably achieves." Full Review

New York Post

for a previous production "Someone please write Everett Quinton a vehicle worthy of his comic genius — because 'Drop Dead Perfect' ain’t it...Too bad 'innocuous' is, indeed, the best thing you can say about Erasmus Fenn’s overwrought, ’50s-set comedy...Quinton works like a madman to brighten up the clichéd material, and is a pleasure to watch." Full Review

Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are ok with a few chuckles, instead of belly laughs

Don't see it if you want a more straight laced, no drag, kind of show

Cliched, Dated, Funny, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if're a fan of Charles Busch or the Accidental Theater Company. Seems like it would have been a hoot 30 years ago.

Don't see it if're offended by men in dresses.

Campy, Clever, Funny, Overrated

See it if you like campy and would enjoy an well-acted show

Don't see it if you expect hilarious. Its amusing with some chuckles

Delightful, Offbeat, Raunchy, Quirky, Great acting

See it if If you love crazy, offbeat, hilarious potboilers.

Don't see it if You are not gay friendly.

Clever, Cliched, Funny

See it if We enjoyed this but the audience around us LOVED it. Of course sometimes they would laugh just before a punchline. Obviously returnees.

Don't see it if You expect the word genius to mean genius. Fun? Yes. Clever? Yes. Genius, no.

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