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  The 39 Steps at Ahmanson Theatre

The 39 Steps

Ahmanson Theatre
135 North Grand Ave Los Angeles

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced, hilarious whodunit. This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat features more than 150 zany characters (all played by a cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, missing fingers and good old-fashioned romance.

Thru - May 16, 2010

Price: $60-$75

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 213-628-2772

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  The 39 Steps Reviews
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LA Weekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...The show is at its best when, with split-second precision, hats get swapped, jackets and dresses get dropped and exchanged, in order for Richard Hannay, Eric Hissom, Scott Parkinson and Claire Brownell to portray a gallery of dozens of characters. The story follows a British stooge (Hannay) trying to fathom the mystery of a German spy operation. The ensemble is amazingly dextrous — more so than charismatic — but that doesn't matter in an exhibition of technique. This is a lot of money to pay for carny show in which some talented actors pretend to be doing a Hitchcock movie onstage, on the cheap. I struggled earnestly to find a reason to care, and came up empty."
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Steven Leigh Morris

Backstage - Highly Recommended

"...The outrageous and fast-paced shenanigans are kept in perfect balance by director Maria Aitken, who maintains a crisp, improvisation-flavored style. Actors relying on quick-change artistry tackle many roles—gender-bending and otherwise. A bare-bones set design by Peter McKintosh provides the ideal setup for all sorts of gleefully silly sight gags cleverly played out with props and set pieces (such as window frames, ladders, and hats) and Kevin Adams' ingenious lighting effects."
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Les Spindle

Broadway World - Highly Recommended

"...Hitchcock is known as the Master of Suspense. This creative team have taken a suspenseful Hitchcock film (1935) and gone a giant step further to fashion a thoroughly entertaining, high comedy cinematic suspense yarn for the stage."
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Don Grigware

The Hollywood Reporter - Highly Recommended

"...Eric Hissom and Scott Parkinson play the remaining legion of characters with superb style and wit. Changing identities at the drop of a hat or the twist of a head or called on to do various bits of shtick right out of vaudeville or English music-hall tradition, these two provide most of the show's merriment. An evening of sublime silliness and escape, just when we need it most."
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Jay Reiner

LA Splash - Highly Recommended

"...Tony Award nominated Director Maria Aitken has successfully transplanted the brilliance of the Broadway production to the incarnation currently running at the Ahmanson Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The production utilizes a sparse collection of set pieces and then challenges the imagination to engage in the world created by the quartet’s tireless Pantomime, a ridiculously self-deprecating Shadow puppet displays and suspenseful intrigue, rapped neatly in a bow of terrific comic timing and giddily melodramatic performances."
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Keisha7 - Highly Recommended

"...In the course of the retelling of this old movie scripts author (he calls it adapter) Patrick Barlow mention most of Hitchcock’s other film, always-straight front in case we missed the reference. In one sequence Hitchcock himself appears in silhouette to tumultuous applause. The play is a tribute to the theatre because it is only in the theatre that this kind of fast paced farcical acting works. And it is only in the theatre that so much can be made of so little using four actors and a few props. The creative tem lead by the inventive director Maria Aitkin’s deserve our respect and admiration. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys pure silliness and delightful theatrics."
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Robert Machray

Examiner - Highly Recommended

"...If you're feeling down, if you love Hitchcock and don't mind parody, if you love theater so much you've been to bad or low budget theater, this is a must-see production. "Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps" is bad theater done good."
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Jana J. Monji

CurtainUp - Highly Recommended

"...Maria Aitken directs with superlative innovative glee. Peter McKintosh slyly designed the sets and costumes. And as to the four, one is one (Deasy), one plays three (Brownell) and two play everybody else without missing a beat and a breathless roar to them all!"
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Laura Hitchcock

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