The 39 Steps

This touring re-creation of the recent Broadway version of Hitchcock’s 1935 film (based on John Buchan’s 1914 book) goes to endearingly preposterous lengths to prevent constraints of live action from hemming in the oft-reincarnated spy romp. Handsome, lonely bachelor Richard Hannay (Ted Deasy), a Canadian layabout in London, meets raven-haired Annabella (the first of three vixens all played by Claire Brownell in differentiating wigs). Espionage, stolen secrets, and sheep crossings soon follow, all enacted by a cast of four. Eric Hissom and Scott Parkinson impersonate a throbbing lunatic parade of supporting characters. If there’s a precision slalom competition for quick, sharp, caricature acting, this nimble team would take high marks. MARGARET FRIEDMAN [See Margaret's full review.]

Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 25. Continues through Oct. 24, 2009

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