Patrick Fischer describes Portland Center Stage's production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
adapted by Patrick Barlow
from the book by John Buchan
On the Main Stage
February 23 to March 21, 2010
Whodunit meets hilarious in this recklessly theatrical riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic 1935 masterpiece which in turn was based on John Buchan’s spy genre classic. In it a handsome hero (complete with stiff-upperlip, pencil moustache and British gung-ho attitude) encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women, all while trying to escape from an accidental entanglement with a deadly group of spies called the 39 Steps. A quick witted and acrobatic troupe of four actors will create dozens of locations and over 130 roles in this rollicking evening of winking wisecracks and wow-inducing stage wizardry