The 39 Steps BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
January 15, 2008
Closing:
January 10, 2010

Theater: Cort Theatre / 138 West 48th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy, the production features four actors who portray all the characters and all the action from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, including the chase atop the Flying Scotsman train, a bi-plane crash and the death-defying finale in London’s Palladium theatre.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The 39 Steps

    Spies, Blonde and a Guy Go North by Northwest

    Ben Brantley

    December 16, 2008: This fast, frothy exercise in legerdemain is throwaway theater at its finest. And that’s no backhanded compliment.

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF The 39 Steps

    An utterly pointless but physically and conceptually ingenious spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's equally foolish but stylish and dead-serious spy thriller from 1935." & "In fact, given the assignment and the material, the extended sketch is as clever as it knows how to be.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF The 39 Steps

    39 Steps isn't likely to earn a Tony Award to accompany its Olivier, especially given the unusual assortment of weighty new plays that opened on Broadway last fall. But it's an impeccably crafted trifle, a lot tastier than many of the richer confections that have turned up in commercial theater lately.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF The 39 Steps

    The central joke in this frenetic spoof is the utter unsuitability of the material -- with its high-speed chases across moors, rivers, an elevated bridge and the roof of a moving train -- for stage presentation.

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF The 39 Steps

    Suspense-meister Alfred Hitchcock probably never imagined his thriller The 39 Steps had the makings of a hilarious comedy, but the show ...is a dizzy delight.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF The 39 Steps

    The play's creators have affectionately pushed Hitchcock's brilliance - watch for various homages to such movies as The Birds and The Lady Vanishes - into some riotous realm of satire, without losing its essentially Hitchcockian flavor.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The 39 Steps

    The business of spoofing films on stage is a particularly tricky one, as anyone who saw Debbie Does Dallas can attest, so kudos are decidedly due to adaptor Patrick Barlow and director Maria Aitken for transforming Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 thriller The 39 Steps, now on stage at the Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre, into a highly amusing theatrical event that will both satisfy those audience members who have never seen the film and delight those who are familiar with its cinematic predecessor.

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  • NEW YORK SUN REVIEW OF The 39 Steps

    The Hitchcock cameo is pretty funny.

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