This insanely clever comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a tiny cast of actors into more than 130 zany characters with a mix of film noir panache, spy novel thrills and more than a touch of Monty Python-esque absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit about a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, who flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures, as well as an unlikely love connection. Brace yourself for an onstage plane crash, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
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Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended
"...You don't need to know Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film The 39 Steps to find Patrick Barlow's send up of it hilarious. His clownish adaptation has delighted hundreds of audiences on Broadway and is now causing plenty of chuckles and snorts in west Chicagoland under the direction of Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's Kurt Naebig. This production marks the beginning of the Equity suburban company's second season back at the College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center. Although the play can be done at break-neck speed in a way that is totally zany, the relatively large size of the McAninch stage forces Naebig to slow things down just enough to allow for some dramatic tension to build in a show that remains laugh-a-minute."
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NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended
"...Director Kurt Naebig presents the material seriously enough for the audience to care how it resolves. A case in point is the very effective and emotionally immediate ending to act one, which features the master villain and his wife literally dancing over the hero's body. At the same time Naebig never forgets the play's comedic roots and sprinkles in just the right amount of slapstick. The result is a production possessing a quirky, contagious low budget energy that is as fun to watch as it is, presumably, to produce."
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