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Hitch Presents

Of all of Alfred Hitchcock's films, his 1935 classic The 39 Steps would probably be the most difficult to adapt to the stage. Yet this week, Actors' Playhouse presents a theatrical adaptation of this complicated spy thriller — full of murder, secret organizations, conspiracies, and dudes in wigs — and injects it with a healthy dose of Monty Python. The movie tells the story of Richard Hannay, who takes a mysterious woman to his apartment one night. Next thing he knows, she's dead with a knife in her back and a map in her hand. Thus Hannay is thrust into one of Hitch's favorite go-to plot lines: an innocent man on the run trying to unravel a mystery. The 39 Steps, a two-time Tony Award-winning play, is filled with laughs, split-second wardrobe changes, inventive stagecraft, and a death-defying finale. For the Actors' Playhouse production, a cast of four plays all 150 characters from the movie. Catch this hilarious suspense thriller at the Miracle Theatre when the show opens this Wednesday.
Wed., May 11, 8 p.m., 2011


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