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From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Confusing, Absorbing

About the show

What first appears to be a standard cat-and-mouse game of wit and wiles soon becomes a dance to the death. Who is the cat and who is the mouse? And who will make it out of Switzerland alive? More…

It’s 1995 in the Swiss Alps, and the reclusive crime writer Patricia Highsmith is visited by a genial young man, sent by her New York publisher to convince her to write the final installment of her best-selling Mr. Ripley series.

Member Reviews (19)


Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Confusing, Absorbing

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you enjoy plays about writers—especially mystery writers like Patricia Highsmith—who is a character in this cat & mouse play.

Don't see it if you like a play that starts reasonably well and then takes a quick nosedive. Poor acting and staging also lead to this play's downfall.

Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, No ending

See it if You like caustic writer types talking about writing and writers; you have a vested interest in Highsmith or Ripley.

Don't see it if You want a satisfying conclusion. The play works when it's about the real-life characters; not so when it becomes a psychological thriller.

Disappointing, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you have nothing else to do and you love the country and the playwright.

Don't see it if you love spy movies and books - will be disappointed.

February 15th, 2019
“Murray-Smith’s ‘Switzerland’ is part of a long tradition of writers writing about writers, and with few exceptions, it’s not a good idea. The subject’s actual work almost always puts the ersatz stuff in the shade, and trying to insert a play between a writer and her creation tends to be an exerc...
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February 14th, 2019
“‘Far from a tense, edge-of-your-seat thriller with twists that make you question everything that's come before, it is, in fact, the complete opposite: a genial, suspense-free two-hander that aims to surprise but cuts itself off at the pass every time. At least Foster's production is kind of fun,...
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February 15th, 2019
“With incisive dialogue, excellent staging, and outstanding performances, the two-hander is an intense thriller that is captivating audiences...There are unexpected twists and turns...The performances by Scott...and Petzold...couldn't be better. They master Murray-Smith's gripping dialogue and th...
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February 14th, 2019
"Saying much more about what transpires during the tense, intermission-less 90 minutes would be transgressing on Murray-Smith’s fun, fun heightened by Gmoser’s lighting and absolutely maximized by Dan Foster’s on-the-money direction...Whether attendees for whom Highsmith is an as-yet-unacquired t...
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