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The 39 Steps

Don’t expect to see Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller in the theatrical version of The 39 Steps. Instead, it’s a fun, fast farce filled with crazy accents, over-the-top acting and a huge cast of characters (played by only seven actors). Some of the laughs comes from how minimal the set and props are---a car is created from stools, a stove is an actor’s hands behind the curtain. Others come from the how self-aware the comedy is, with scenes being played with a metaphorical nudge and a wink. Mark Adam plays it straight as the earnest hero sucked into a world of intrigue, providing an effective foil for all the zany action. This is light and delightfully silly entertainment perfect for a mid-winter evening, and perfect for an energetic, creative amateur theatre group like Dartmouth Players. –Kate Watson

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