LAURA: A Play In Three Acts

At Theater To Go


This is a website for the cast, crew and friends of Theatre To Go's production of Vera Caspray & George Sklar's



Laura: A Play In Three Acts

Directed by

Lance Norris

Great job opening weekend. I am so sad there

are only three more shows left





From the jacket blurb for the novel:

Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious.  No man could resist her charms--not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse.  As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura's death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power.  Soon he realizes he's been seduced by a dead woman--or has he? 

Laura won lasting renown as an Academy Award-nominated 1944 film, the greatest noir romance of all time.  Vera Caspary's equally haunting novel is remarkable for its stylish, hardboiled writing, its electrifying plot twists, and its darkly complex characters--including a woman who stands as the ultimate femme fatale.


Press Reviews
"Vera Caspary's gift was perhaps more subtle, and deadly [than Jim Thompson, David Goodis, and Charles Willeford]." - Robert Polito
The Washington Post
Jul 24, 2006
The novel has three great strengths. The first is Waldo Lydecker, Laura Hunt's mentor, the vain deliciously nasty newspaper columnist who narrates...Its second strenght is an ingenious plot twist that I won't spoil...The novel's third strength is Caspary's having set a noirish crime story in the Manhattan haute monde of ad agencies, fancy restaurants and society folk as odious as they are self-satisfied. Caspary (1899-1987), who worked in advertising as a young woman before becoming a prolific author of novels and screenplays, knew that world well and delighted in satirizing it.