The 39 Steps

When: Saturdays, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. and Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through April 1 2011

Film director Alfred Hitchcock took some liberties in his 1935 adaptation of John Buchan’s adventure tale, but he stayed within the boundaries of the spy thriller genre, and the result is a flick that remains acclaimed even to this day. This twist on Buchan’s book goes further afield, mixing elements of the Hitchcock masterpiece with Monty Python mindset and performance style, leaving audiences with a fast-paced whodunit featuring an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, nonstop laughs, some romance and more than 150 zany characters enacted by a cast of four. Patrick Barlow’s script demands swift pacing, inventive stagecraft and virtuoso performances, and it’ll be Tennessee Rep director René D. Copeland’s task to elicit the necessary energy and comic spirit from her cast of notable locals. The very talented Peter Vann gets the lion’s share of the character work, but he’s backed up by Nashville favorites Patrick Waller and Martha Wilkinson, along with comic author/actor Nate Eppler making his Rep stage debut.

Martin Brady

Price: $42.50


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