Join us for this year’s cabaret performance of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”!
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 50 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of only five!), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! This show is right up The Laurel Tree Player’s alley — a theater company which has been delighting and entertaining audiences for 24 years. Their productions have been heralded by critics as “exemplary illustrations of well wrought theatre,” and lauded as “stylish” and “sassy” with “the best comic acting in the area.”
In The 39 Steps, Richard Hannay—a man with a boring life—finds himself on an extraordinary and entertaining adventure when a quickly acquainted spy is killed by assassins with a butter knife. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A fast-paced, riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of riotous pleasure!
The play adapted by Patrick Barlow remains very close to the film, particularly in terms of its frenetic timing. But putting the movie – a farce-like whirlwind adventure – on stage requires ingenious theatrical devises to instantly go from a chase scene on a train, to a plane crash, transform into a luxurious Scottish manor, then to a London flat, or suddenly become The London Palladium. Also occurring at breakneck speed are nearly one-hundred costume changes, which often happen right before the audience in the blink of an eye. The New York Daily News effused, “Once this fun ride leaves the station, you don’t want to get off!” Read More…
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