Ever wondered what happens when Alfred Hitchcock meets Monty Python?
It looks something like “The 39 Steps,” the Tony-award winning production showing tonight and this weekend at Longstreet Theater. The play is a fast-paced adaptation of the classic Hitchcock movie, with the addition of witty zingers and lively banter.
It is the story of Annabella, who is on the run from assassins who believe she is part of a plan to steal British military secrets. She turns up dead in the apartment of Richard Hannay, who becomes a suspect in her murder and sets of to clear his name and save Britain.
The New York Times calls it an “absurdly enjoyable, gleefully theatrical riff.”
The New York Daily News describes it as “a dizzy delight.”
Adding to the delightful absurdity is the fact that just four actors play more than 140 roles.
Clearly, it’s a play that must be seen to be believed.
The Department of Theater and Dance at USC will present “The 39 Steps” at Longstreet Theater tonight at 7 p.m. Additional showings are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday’s late-night showing is a half-price performance.
Tickets for the production are $12 for students; $16 for USC faculty/staff, military personnel and seniors 60+; and $18 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 803-777-2551 or by visiting the Longstreet Theatre box office, which is open Monday through Friday, 12:30-5:30p.m. Longstreet Theatre is located at 1300 Greene St.