Having seen superb productions of THE 39 STEPS in London and Canada, the level was high for my attending the show at GLT. Unfortunately, though the local staging is adequate, it was not all that the staging of the clever script can be. The pacing was much too slow and the absurdity too controlled. Audiences not aware of what could be may be delighted by the Jaclyn Miller directed show. Those in the know will probably be disappointed.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
The Great Lakes Theater production of “The 39 Steps” is more than a typical farce; it is a blast! And it is a toss up as to who is having the most fun…the audience or the cast. You will delight in the comedic spectacle, get caught up in the spoofy melodrama, you might even find yourself practicing your best Scottish brogue on your way home. Ultimately, you will enjoy a night of feel-good entertainment, which is something that we all deserve.
A true comedy farce requires that the silliness builds up to a highly nearly unsustainable level with that peak then being held true to the end. While this show comes close, the hick-up in the second act unfortunately takes the wind out of the sails. It is a good show in search of greatness that some fine tuning might help. Still, it is great fun and worth the price of the ticket.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's Review here.
Fans seeking farce, Alfred Hitchcock drama and spy adventures should not miss the Great Lakes Theater’s Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps currently playing at the Hanna Theatre. Directed by Jaclyn Miller, the play is packed with spirited fun and satiric frivolity. It is delightful from start to finish.
... the production is not just a whodunit, but a what-is-it wrapped in a shroud of puns, illusions, and spy gags. The evil laughs are well placed, and the shtick is as campy as a Monty Python sketch on its 12th cup of coffee.
To see a full review of this show, read Kate's posts here.