The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Portland Stage, Portland ME
with Paolo Andino, Torsten Hillhouse, Gardner Reed and Dustin Tucker
set Anita Stewart
lights Byron Winn
sound Shannon Zura
costumes Loyce Arthur
all photos (c) Kevin Brusie
"Brilliant!... Immediately engrossing, surprising, hilarious and moving, this energetic theatrical romp marks an auspicious beginning to a promising new season. In these nervous times as we cope with war and terrorism, The 39 Steps is the perfect balm, providing the opportunity to step back in time and laugh in the face of adversity.... [T]he excellent direction [is] by Samuel Buggeln, who returns for his 10th season at the Portland Stage....
The 39 Steps is a delight and not to be missed.
—Portland Journal Tribune, 3/3/2010
"Portland Stage's The 39 Steps works the funny bone [with] creative staging and hilarity. ... In this comedy, PSC's season opener, director Samuel Buggeln has chosen to send up both the screen and the proscenium. ... The 39 Steps soars on the virtuosity of some very inspired stagecraft and witty parody, executed beautifully by the ensemble. In one exemplary scene, Hannay shares a train compartment, rendered by wardrobe racks, with two lingerie salesmen. ... the three perform a delightful little ballet of limbs and elbows in close quarters. When Hannay escapes through the train "window," the subsequent chase scene, Andino's body simulating the effects of the train's speed, is out of this world — a triumph of stagecraft in its purest form."
—Portland Phoenix, October 7, 2010
"VERSATILE PSC'S 'STEPS' A MARVEL! ... Very funny... with all types and levels of humor flying out from its busy facade. ... One can't help but think of Monty Python or Mel Brooks at times ... marvelously choreographed ... Director Samuel Buggeln and his staff deserve a lot of credit for making this show work on so many levels. ... good, old-fashioned entertainment, served up on a bed of nostalgia for the sort of hard-working theatricality that can still be great fun to experience in person. "
—Portland Press Herald, October 3, 2010