Last Friday night we went to see the latest play at the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT), “The 39 Steps.” The Alfred Hitchcock story is adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Shawn Hann.
I have to admit that this was not what I was expecting at all, but in a good way.
This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning comedy is packed with nonstop laughs, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! It is a sure-fire, brilliant, funny, four-actor, 150-character play.
It is an amazing undertaking that the cast and crew pulled off with great acting and fine-tuned timing. Each of the actors plays multiple characters, plus change the set for each scene. The set changing was probably one of the funniest and most clever ideas that I have seen in a while. Not because of the sets changing, but how the actors went about making them change… or, forgetting to make the change.
Comedy is very hard to do so anyone who takes on a play like this better be on top of their game… and the cast was just that. It consisted of four players, Adam Marcantoni, Linnea Scott, Kayla Ryan Walsh and Patrick Monaghan. Monaghan really cranked up the humor plus his timing was spot on… and it was the little things, like a look or a sound, that added to his performance making it sing that much more.
It’s not often that I laugh out loud during a play but I really could not help myself. A few inside jokes, like referencing another Hitchcock film was quite clever as well.
This was the third play in the summer series for 2019. Each play could not have been more different from the last. To me, this is what theater should be. Constantly changing the feel of the shows and keeping the patrons on their toes.
The people behind the scenes kept things moving along and had the actor’s backs, making sure all went off without a hitch. The director for this production was Shawn Hann with Stage Manager Andie Burns, Assistant Stage Manager Lizzy Gordon, Scenic Designer Austin Allen, Costume Designer Nicole M. Harrison and Lighting Designer Austin Allen.
During this outstanding evening performance, I do believe I heard Alfred Hitchcock belly laughing from the back of the audience at SCRT’s latest undertaking, The 39 Steps.