In a play most easily described as Bullets Over Broadway meets Weekend at Bernie's, Stiff takes place during the Broadway boom of the late 1950s. Producers, writers, and directors all have big dreams and theater critics and columnists have the power to make those dreams come true. When powerful producer Mickey Blake is found dead in the Tin Box Theater after a performance of the off-off-Broadway production of The Blighted Heart, a trio of hapless but determined theater folk refuse to let their dream be deterred. Producer Saul Solomon, writer Robert Grey, and director Stanley Miller hatch a plan to fake the review of their show and hide Blake's death just long enough to let it hit the stands. Just when they think they have it all under control, the overly enthusiastic producer, self-deprecating writer, and middleman director are hit with a surprise that sends their ruse into overdrive and binds this unlikely band of brothers together in the face of the mayhem that ensues.