When the producers of the 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning comedy invited our family to watch this spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s murder mystery – 39 Steps, I wasn’t sure what to expect for our 7 year old. However, from the moment the lights dimmed and the stage broke into life, our 7 year old became progressively spellbound by the experience.
As an adult, I was absolutely thrilled by the brilliance with which a cast of 4 was able to play a 140 characters. This clever and absurd rendition of Alfred Hitchcock’s murder mystery was filled with unexpected interpretations and wildly hilarious moments. What I enjoyed most about the performance was being reminded that great theatrical performances don’t need extravagant sets, costumes or a 100 piece orchestra. 39 Steps is a performance where the power of suggestion and exaggeration tug your imagination out of the closet and transport you into a different reality. We thoroughly enjoyed this show filled with many laughs, mystery, suspense, and a touch of romance.
I was a little concerned that the story line of a murder mystery would be too much for a 7 year old. There are 2 shooting scenes where blanks are fired from a revolver that caused him to jump visibly, but all in all, the comical way in which these events unfolded on stage did not disturb him at all. In any case, I was delighted that he was able to appreciate the artistry with which the directors and actors commanded on this stage. Theatre is an art form that young people are slowly loosing the appreciation for as productions lean more and more on special effects to draw their audiences in. 39 Steps isn’t so. It’s artistically ingenious and I was delighted that our 7 year old had the opportunity to savor it.
It was with great sadness that I learned that 39 Steps just announced that their last performance will be Jan 16, 2011. Time is running out to watch this brilliant performance. I highly recommend that families with kids ages 9 and up try to catch the show before it’s final bow.
Here’s one of my favorite scenes from 39 steps.
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