Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The 39 Steps Becomes Broadway Comedy

A spoof of Alfred Hitchcocks's THE 39 STEPS has opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater (what a name for a theater!).

The comedy, which originated in England, has been very well-received. USA Today writes that it "mines Hitchcock's dry wit and breezily sends up the spy-thriller genre." The New York Times calls it "absurdly enjoyable" and notes "many of the funniest — and more surprisingly, the raciest — lines in Mr. Barlow’s play come directly from the movie. This '39 Steps' isn’t using its source material as a satiric target but as an accomplice."

The play also works in references to other Hitchcock movies, including shadow puppet crop dusters (?!). It sounds just a bit like Disney's ENCHANTED, a movie which is both spoof and loving tribute to Disney film history.

The Hitchcock original came up in the comments discussion for my post on SABOTEUR over the weekend. There are apparently some plot similarities between THE 39 STEPS and SABOTEUR.

In a stroke of good timing, the movie airs on TCM next week on January 22, 2008.


Blogger Missy said...

The poster for the play is very odd. I can't think of anything in the movie that's related to the play's poster. Maybe something that's different in the play or it's simply designed to get attention?

It would be fun to see the play.


10:21 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I wonder if it will come to L.A.? The college girl, in particular, would love to see it. :) It does sound fun!

Best wishes,

11:20 PM  

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