The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Based on the Novel by John Buchan
From the Movie by Alfred Hitchcock
|Lance Gardner, Ron Campbell, Annie Abrams & Cassidy Brown|
Four actors playing upwards of one-hundred-plus parts. Eighty costume changes, with a total of fifty different costumes often switched in split-second timing on stage. Bridges, moving train cars, and fences/walls made out of a ladder while storage trunks become train cars, automobiles, rocks, and more. Sound effects like wind, phone rings, and police sirens created from a table on the side while suddenly appearing racks of clothes become a group of police on a raid or a line of glitzy dancing girls.
Put all this into the hands of Director Leslie Martinson and her fantastically talented creative team assembled for the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s revival of its rib-tickling 2011 production of The 39 Steps, the descriptors in the above paragraph are only a miniscule teaser of the seemingly hundreds of wild and crazy things occurring on its 2019 staging as a talented cast of four once again re-enact the Hitchcock classic and the Barlow adaptation with full fun and flair.
For my full review, please continue to Talkin' Broadway: https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/sanjose/sj173.html.
Rating: 4.5 E
The 39 Steps continues through September 15, 2019 by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View. Tickets are available online at http://www.theatreworks.org/box-office/ or by calling 650-463-1960, Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m.
Photo Credit: Kevin Berne