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What are the 39 steps?

Posted by Joan Charlotte Matelli  September 21, 2007 06:31 PM

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Are you a fan of physical comedy and smoke-and-mirrors special effects? Then you'll love how that scene in the photo above was staged.

The comedic Hitchcock adaptation "The 39 Steps" has a run at the Huntington on its way from London to Broadway. I just caught a preview, and thought it was fabulously entertaining and clever. Four actors play countless roles, in gorgeous costumes, while pulling off physical stunts. Trunks, tarps, hats, smoke, flashlights and even a shower curtain are used to cinematic effect. This cast stars Charles Edwards from the London production, which won a Laurence Olivier Award for best new comedy.

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