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Following Brunswick Little Theatre’s recent lavish and very successful production of “Beauty and the Beast,” the group is taking on another incredibly difficult project, “The 39 Steps.”
A farce based on the Hitchcock thriller released in 1935 that starred Academy Award-winning Robert Donat, the play has more 100 characters, all played by three actors and one actress.
BLT is making its debut in Southport’s historic Amuzu Theatre for its performances of “The 39 Steps.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the theater at 111 N. Howe St. in downtown Southport.
Fast-forward 70 years since that Hitchcock production, add a couple of clever playwrights to the mix, and Hitchcock’s masterpiece has become a fast-paced, Monty Python-esque homage to not only to the celebrated film, but to Hitchcock’s entire oeuvre. Premiering in London’s West End in 2005, Patrick Barlow’s farcical play is a little bit vaudeville, a little bit melodrama, and a whole lot of entertainment.
Four versatile actors bring dozens of characters to life on an almost empty stage, and transport the audience from a London theater to the Scottish moors and back again, with an epic train ride, a plane crash, a finger-missing villain and dash of romance thrown in just for fun.
In the BLT version, Adrian Iapalucci is the dashing hero, Richard Hannay, in this production. Liz Cervantes takes on the roles of Annabella, the mysterious spy, Margaret, the lonely farmer’s wife, and Pamela, Hannay’s love interest.
They are joined by BLT newcomers Dan Gedman and Ryan Joyce, two natural comedians who will have the audience in stitches as they portray everyone from a couple of bobbies to a reticent Scottish innkeeper and his garrulous wife.
Adult tickets are $17 and tickets for students older than 12 with ID are $12. Children younger than 12 may not appreciate the complexity of this production.
For tickets go to www.brunswicklittletheatre.com.