by Susan Braun

If you’re looking for an evening of laughter and intrigue, may we suggest The 39 Steps currently running at the Kavinoky Theater?

Originally a book by John Buchan, and later adapted for a 1935 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps is a mystery complete with a handsome hero, a beautiful spy and a chase through the countryside!

The Kavinoky Theater is the first in the nation to obtain the rights to produce this play following its run on Broadway and the national tour. And it is quite a production! The cast of 4 actors assume all of the many roles in the play, sometimes changing from one character to another seamlessly right in front of the audience by a mere change of hat!

Chris Corporandy does a masterful job in the role of Richard Hannay, the debonair leading man. Jenn Stafford shines as three “femmes fatale” including a German spy and a Scottish housewife. And David Lundy and Robert Rutland make quite the team as they play “a cast of characters” ranging from hotel owners to policemen to vaudeville actors to a married couple.

The very clever and imaginative use of simple stage props, special effects and music literally steals the show. A shadow puppet scene set in the countryside in the dark of night includes an airplane swooping down a la North by Northwest. It’s one of a number of references to other Hitchcock films. And of course, everyone knows Mr. Hitchcock makes an appearance in all of his films. Look carefully and you may find him lurking in the shadows!!

The 39 Steps will be on stage at the Kavinoky Theater until December 6th. For more information about the show and tickets, visit www.kavinokytheatre.com

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