Can’t Stop Laughing Say The 39 Steps Reviews
A true laugh riot is what most critics have said in their 39 Steps reviews. The play is Patrick Barlow’s comic adaptation of John Buchan’s classic spy adventure. This play which was supposed to be totally “unstageable” has been wonderfully brought to life, not just by Patrick Barlow but also by his amazing cast of four.
The four characters play an amazing 150 different roles among them and yet manage to bring out the distinction among each of the different characters.
39 Steps reviews have been very heartening and manage to work up an excitement before the audience actually views the play. The play stays true to Alfred Hitchcock’s original screen version. It is a wonderful mix of humor, adventure, nail biting excitement and a generous dose of sex appeal.
The play is about a young innocent Canadian man who gets caught in the crossfire between a spy ring and the police. He finds himself in trouble when the woman who claims to be a spy is found dead in his flat. He flees the country to Scotland to escape the police but eventually returns to London to put a stop to the actual villain’s dangerous plans.
The play stars Arnie Burton and Cliff Saunders as the clowns. It has Charles Edwards playing Richard Hannay (the innocent man) and Jennifer Ferrin playing Annabella Schmidt, Pamela and Margaret among other characters. The play also includes the legendary and almost impossible to recreate on-stage scenes like the bi-plane crash, the chase on the flying Scotsman, escape on the Forth Bridge and the death defying act at a chock a’ bloc packed London Palladium.
Much thought has been given to the sets of the play and it must have been a mammoth task for the creative set team. Since the play was originally a novel where the author had the freedom to move from place to place changing scenes ever so often, the play has adapted that very well. It is amazing to see how the characters move from location to location on stage using props, and the audience is able to actually visualize the change in scene.
The play has an interesting use of Hitchcockian style music which adds to the tension prevalent throughout the play. Lights and other props have also been put to full use and the entire effect is totally breathtaking.
The play is as exciting as the book as well as the movie. Yet, folks who have not read the book or seen the movie will thoroughly enjoy the play. Much can be written in the 39 Steps reviews, but at the end of the day 39 Steps is a play not to be missed. A thorough laugh riot, it leaves you with a light-hearted feeling when you walk out of the theater. 39 Steps Reviews and Tickets
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