forgivesyou, Veronica! Not evenangels! Not evenJesus!”
—Nedra Brabissant (Act II)
We can't disclose too much of the plot – which plays out in real time over the course of a single evening – except to say that co-ed Susan Kerner agrees to impersonate the long-dead sister of an elderly at-death's-door spinster, to monumentally bad effect.
Too shocking for 1973, Levin's dark-as-night theatrical frightener continues to enjoy global popularity both here and around the globe (South America, China, the Middle East...) due to its universal themes of gaslighting and repression – to name two of the milder offenses at hand.
It's also a favorite among colleges and universities, with two of its four-member ensemble cast being college-aged.
With Veronica's Room, Levin truly outdid himself, crafting a Rubik's Cube within a kaleidoscope – whose four ensemble roles constitute some of the most complex in the theater canon, given the myriad layers of structural complexity that underpin them.
Veronica's Room opened on Broadway in October of 1973 at the Music Box Theatre – where Deathtrap would play five years later – and was revived off-Broadway in 1981 at New York's Provincetown Playhouse.