West Windsor, N.J. – Combine a Hitchcock movie classic with a comic homage to the whodunit genre and you’ve got “The 39 Steps,” to be presented by Theater To Go in collaboration with Pierrot Productions at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning play are Fridays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 1 and 8 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Jan. 31.
In a show that has been described as one part Hitchcock, one part Monty Python, and one part Ringling Brothers Circus, Patrick Barlow's adaptation of "The 39 Steps” delivers a rapid-fire, hilariously irreverent re-invention of the famed 1935 mystery film. A cast of four actors breathlessly attempts to re-enact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes from the film with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity. The leading man, Richard Hannay, meets a mysterious woman at a London music hall who asks for his help in uncovering a spy ring, thus entangling him in a web of murder, espionage and intrigue. Along the way he encounters an assortment of characters played by two actors who switch personas at breakneck speed. It all adds up to a thoroughly entertaining evening of mischief and merriment. And those who listen carefully will catch veiled references to some of Hitchcock’s most memorable films.