The 39 Steps...
Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden, CO
Review By Emilee Hatfield
When we think of a spy who is the first person that comes to mind? Obviously it is gong to be that of James Bond, or some character along those lines. We can envision the smooth, devilishly charming Brit going against all odds and dangers, escaping death at every turn. Through this spy game so to speak we as the viewer find ourselves desiring that type of lifestyle. That thrill and impending danger that keeps us guessing what will be coming around the corner. Making life all the more adventurous when comparing it to the dull routine of the everyday man.
But what happens when that everyday man is pulled straight into one of these spy games? Hilarity. Straight up hilarity. As I took my seat at Miners Alley Playhouse for their production of Alfred Hitchcock’s, The 39 Steps, I had no idea what a fun night I was in for. Entering the theatre you are welcomed to a simple set, a touch of 1930s music playing in your ear before seeing an old projector illuminating the original poster from the Hitchcock film, who wouldn't be excited?
The play opens on our main character Richard Hannay (Casey Andree) as he speaks on how he himself wishes for a bit more excitement in his life. As fate would have it, he gets that rush of excitement when running into one Annabella Schmidt ( Alaina Beth Reel) who claims to be a spy in need of a place to go. What follows suit leads our main character on an adventure of a life time, as he avoids enemy spies with only one question on his mind, accompanied by an agonizing tune that just won't seem to get out of his head.
Director Josh Hartwell, clearly has admiration for this piece and went to great length to ensure that his actors and the audience members enjoy themselves while going on this wild ride. Within the small stage setting that is Miner's Alley you can't help but feel right in the middle of the action. Hartwell and his crew take full advantage of the space leaving room for the utmost creativity when staging the show. The four actors are constantly on the move, two of them (John Wittbrodt and Sean Michael Cummings) take on more roles than I could count. From switching accents at the drop of a hat to going through lightning fast costume changes, they defiantly make your head spin in all the right ways as they themselves stole the audiences heart no matter who they were at any given time. Honestly there wasn't a moment where I wasn't smiling during the show. The quick wit and clever cast takes you back in time enjoying a classic that many I feel need to be reminded of.
Through the hilarity, creative use of props, and wonderful talent, The 39 Steps is something that can't be missed. While we ourselves will continue to dream on what it would be like to be a spy, Richard Hannay can certainly give us an idea of what would happen should the opportunity come knocking; taking us on one of the funniest spy games in history. Leaving little traces, and clues to one of the biggest mysteries that alludes us all.
What are The 39 Steps?
The 39 Steps runs from March 23rd- April 29th, at Miners Alley Playhouse for tickets please visit https://www.minersalley.com/box-officecurrentseason/ or call the box office at (303) 935-3044