Joan Marcus
Thom Geier
January 18, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The 39 Steps (2008)

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
01/04/08
performer
Arnie Burton, Charles Edwards, Jennifer Ferrin, Cliff Saunders
director
Maria Aitken
author
Patrick Barlow, Alfred Hitchcock

We gave it a B+

What does it take to adapt Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 thriller The 39 Steps for the stage? Four actors, some deliberately low-tech props, and a good deal of wit. This London hit barnstorms through Hitch’s murder mystery in a deliciously farcical, British-music-hall style, with three performers assuming multiple roles — often in the same scene. The show isn’t perfect: The MacGuffin-laden plot can drag (as it does in the original film), and some of the characters are played a tad too broadly for laughs. But for the most part, The 39 Steps is all that and a packet of crisps. (212-719-1300) B+

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