Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents “The 39 Steps,” adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan and directed by Kurt Naebig in the Playhouse Theatre of the McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage Sept. 7 – Oct. 8. There will be a preview performance on Thursday, Sept. 7; press opening is Friday, Sept. 8. Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 thriller, this stage adaptation spins the classic murder mystery into a fast-paced, whodunit packed with outrageous characters, spinning illusions and a death-defying finale. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. (Sept. 16, 8:30 p.m.) and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $37. For tickets or more information visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.
This Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play, featuring more than 150 characters played by a nimble cast of four, is packed with nonstop laughs, dozens of wacky characters, some good old-fashioned romance and more. When an unassuming man’s night ends with a woman’s murder in his apartment, he soon finds he must run from the spy organization "The 39 Steps’ and discover a way to clear his name." The New York Times writes “‘The 39 Steps’ remains a gallant and giggly ode to make-do resourcefulness, to the air of spinning illusions out of nothing but a clown’s talents.” “The 39 Steps” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Says director Naebig, “This is the kind of show I really enjoy directing, actors love performing and audiences relish seeing. In addition to a cast with a knack for comedy, this show requires split-second timing both onstage and backstage, and offers the actors, stage crew and the audience all the excitement and fun of a full-tilt roller coaster ride. Fans of Hitchcock’s work will especially savor the allusions to other Hitchcock films including ‘Strangers on a Train,’ ‘Rear Window,’ ‘Psycho,’ ‘Vertigo’ and ‘North by Northwest’.”