Veronica's Room: A Thriller in Two Acts

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Samuel French, Inc., 1981 - Drama - 66 pages
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This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by it's dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan's strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. Once dressed in Veronica's clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica's room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?

"Like being trapped in someone else's nightmare...jarring and (with a) surprising climax...a neat, elegant thriller."- Village Voice


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This play is a wonderful "trip" when taken from the page and put onstage. I highly recommend this play to any budding Theatre or Commercial Theatre (if you dare) to be a fully mounted production. Word of advice... Susan and Veronica have to be a perfect match... ;-)

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User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

I recently saw a friend of mine in this play and was so blown away by the story! I had read and loved Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby many years ago and wasn't surprised by how warped it was! I borrowed the play from him and couldn't put it down. Well worth the read! Read full review

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Ira levin was born on August 27, 1929 in the Bronx, New York. He is best remembered for his novels which were made into feature films, Rosemary's Baby (1968, with Mia Farrow), The Boys from Brazil (1978) and The Stepford Wives (1975 and 2004). Levin's best-known play is Deathtrap, which holds the record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway. (It was also made into a feature film in 1982, starring Christpher Reeve.) His first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, earned him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Ira Levin died in Manhattan from a heart attack on November 12, 2007.

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