“The Geva Theatre Center’s production of The 39 Steps is an exercise in acrobatic hilarity and is enjoyable for even the most casual of Hitchcock hobbyists. Every breath and step the four actors take is just more space for another wink or allusion to the director himself. Like the Master of Suspense’s movies, each scene is filled with so much detail and so many references that it’s worth seeing it multiple times to catch everything. If you blink, you might miss out on all the fun.”
The 39 Steps
Where 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY
When Through November 17th
Review by Nick Reichert
The very mention of his name raises the hairs on the back of necks everywhere. One’s mind immediately flips through a montage of memorable scenes from the iconic British film director’s thrill inducing canon. Whether it’s a flock of birds stalking a young blonde or a woman taking a shower with a ominous shadow lurking just behind the curtain, Alfred Hitchock’s various visual moments have been imprinted on our cultural DNA.
The 39 Steps, by Patrick Barlow, is a comedic melodrama that converts aspects Hitchcock’s films from unquenchable fears to non-stop laughter. The play loosely resembles the plot of the Hitchcock film of the same name in which a dashing bachelor is accused of murder while trying to defend the country from foreign enemies. But any…
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