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by Mario Adurias on 7/10/2017 4:46 PM

Brilliantly written! so adaptable. its for everyone!

by Lloyd Hopkins on 5/14/2017 10:45 PM

Best ever!
Absolutely love this show. So witty. Technically challenging. The most fun we've ever had in rehearsals.

by Anthony Hanke on 2/6/2017 9:58 AM

by Darla Jones on 4/8/2016 7:25 PM

Play It for Laughs or as a Nostalgic Thriller
Obviously, this is written to be done as a broad, sometimes slapstick, comedy.  But I can also see it done as a thriller, albeit a lighthearted one. As written, for four actors, it can't help but be a comedy. An expanded cast would be required to do it as a straight mystery. Either way, a great play.

by Phil Holmer on 1/5/2016 6:20 PM

39 Steps
Challenging play, but really terrific.

by Melinda O'Brien on 10/15/2015 1:52 PM

39 Steps
Wonderful play. We used a multi cast, which made life easier and kept the characters different and fresh.

by Ron Smith on 8/27/2015 3:38 PM

Great enjoyable play!

by Karen Simmons on 8/11/2015 9:35 PM

quite entertaining
I didn't have too difficult time following the plot.  While it would be fun to produce, our little community theatre would not have the talent pool to undertake this play.

by Nicole Tull on 5/13/2015 1:42 PM

Superb script
Need strong actors with great sense of timing bit if you have the talent don't hesitate doing this one. It was a smash hit for GRADS (Graffham Rustics Amateur Dramatic Society)

by Neil Castle on 5/1/2015 11:46 AM

The 39 Steps
The script is witty and the play is quite entertaining.  It is a charming play if you have the acting/directing resources to pull it off.

We are reworking it for our fairly large cast of teenagers - removing the objectionable language and stretching the "clowns"' parts over several actors (necessitating some minor changes to the action).  Due to the audience we are also changing the "underwear" salesmen to guys who sell something else well known - like chia pets or Snuggies, which will also require a script change.

After 2 years of doing Shakespeare the kids are very excited to be doing a Hitchcock.  We're really looking forward to see how it comes together.  Many of the kids have already nailed their accents!

by Sherry Grunder on 11/11/2014 6:10 PM

An actor's showcase
This script provides unique opportunities to "show off" the talents of four amazing actors. Definitely NOT a good choice for a fledgling company with a small talent pool. This is a show designed for some real and versatile talent. Great opportunity to leave your audiences excited about a theatre experience and wanting more. Can be produced easily with minimal set obligations. This one is all about the talent. Director's: CHOOSE WISELY!

by Kortnee McDowell on 11/4/2014 1:18 PM

by Doug Johnson on 8/5/2014 6:12 PM

This is a very long running success. I even saw the movie. However having it in your hands reading the twists and turns is more enjoyable than the movie. I find that to be the case with most books made into film. Books win out, as does the 39 Steps.

by GILBERT LENCHUS on 6/3/2014 11:48 AM

39 Steps, The
What a great script.  Perfect for an ensemble company.  Great fun; proven to be a big box office success.

by Jon Putzke on 2/15/2014 1:48 PM

The 39 Steps
An excellent read. Title should draw an audience. Very creative settings with only a cast of four strong actors. Seriously worth considering.

by Terry Gallager on 12/17/2013 9:06 AM

Great Goofy Gumshoeing
A hilarious fusion of spy-thriller and slapstick comedy, this is one cleverly written farce. Best known for the dramatic Hitchcock touch, this adaptation keeps all of the suspense but less of the drama. Richard Hannay's reluctant plunge into the dark underbelly of secret societies will have you on the edge of your seat, and is enhanced by vaudevillian stage business and silly Hitchcock in-jokes, rather than distracted from.

The play does require a brisk pacing and, if cast as written, a level of virtuosity on the parts of the Clowns. Hannay must be a strong leading man, and the one actress a good character woman, but the action rests on the shoulders of the Clowns. It is refreshing to see a contemporary play that so rewards character actors as this-- timing, broad stereotype, goofy physicality, and all the other things that are fun to play and watch take center stage here, and the opportunity to steal the show is embedded in the script. All in all, a strong and clever piece that would do well in mainstream commercial, regional, and some higher-level academic theatre productions. A true crowd-pleaser!

by Jessica Cauttero on 12/2/2013 2:50 PM

The 39 Steps

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