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39 Steps

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Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

About the show

The Tony Award-winning comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, in which four actors portray more than 150 characters in a fast paced 100 minutes. More…

The madcap story follows dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of 'The 39 Steps,' all the while trying to clear his name. The four actors change roles in the blink of an eye. This production, performed at the intimate Union Square Theatre, is a transfer of the Tony Award winning Broadway production.

1h 40m | Already closed | Union Square Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (269)


Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful
Avg Score

Fluffy, Funny, Well staged, Fast paced, Clever

See it if you want easy-breezy entertainment. Nothing new (if you've seen the movie), but cleverly staged w/good actors. Fun and fast-paced.

Don't see it if you want meaningful theater. 39S is just for the sheer imaginative recreation (w 4 actors) of a full, action-packed movie.

Also I saw 39 Steps twice, once in London, once in NYC. I preferred the Lon... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like quick witted British humor.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Original, Fun

See it if You like british comedies or Alfred Hitchcock movies.

Don't see it if You dislike slapstick comedy.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you like shows that seem to magically make sets (and casts) out of next to nothing. A fun romp of a story.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything too serious. Think extended Carol Burnet sketch.

Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy clever wordplay. You're a fan of Hitchcock movies. You enjoy shows w/pop references.You like slapstick. You enjoy fun staging.

Don't see it if You're not familiar with Hitchcock movies. You don't like slapstick or clowning. You want more traditional dialogue & staging.

Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Boring, Overrated

See it if It was technically very good but I did not find the play compelling. Ultimately I found it cold and it didn't keep my interest.

Don't see it if It was popular but I don't think it was for everyone. Very stylized. Four actors play over 100 roles. Impressive but dizzying too.

Clever, Disappointing, Banal, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You like Hitchcock with a side of farce.

Don't see it if You think this is going to be finely-crafted fun.

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of Hitchcock movies, love clever theater staging, want to have a great time.

Don't see it if You don't like farce or shows that have some silliness.

Clever, Hilarious, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like British slapstick humor. There's a cast of four but two of the guys play 100+ roles! It's a lot of light, entertaining fun.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of comedies or British humor.

Clever, Enchanting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You love Hitchcock films, can laugh at them. You can appreciate 4 actors playing a thousand parts, quick change artistry, you want to loud.

Don't see it if You do not love smart, silly humor,

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You'd enjoy a "who dunit" farce-- a case of mistaken identity. I am generally not too crazy about comedies, but this one held my interest.

Don't see it if Do not enjoy all but one of the actors playing multiple roles. Don't see if you are tired.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you would like to see a play that is performed by 4 actors which portray over 150 characters.

Don't see it if you don't like plays where the actors take on more than one role.

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if like fun who-done-it's performed by four actors each of whom play multiple parts.

Don't see it if you think mysteries shouldn't be performed in a humorous vein with multiple characters each without his or her own actor

Clever, Confusing, Overrated

See it if you like whodunit mysteries

Don't see it if you want a more engaging production

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Original, Funny

See it if You like clowns and/or Hitchcock

Don't see it if You can't follow multiple roles played by the same people.

Delightful, Clever, Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You like funny, silly, unusual shows where the actors play multiple roles.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward play that is typically ordinary.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you love Hitchcock & clever dialogue.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of British humor.

Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if Despite my low rating I've seen this one twice. 1st on Bdwy & then Off-Bdwy. Sadly, I fell asleep the 1st time (2 tired); & 2nd time 2 slow?

Don't see it if If U don't like the movie THE 39 STEPS (it's on YouTube) don't bother. If U saw it on Bdwy, don't c the Off-Bdwy version, WAY 2 slow. DRINK!

Ambitious, Exquisite, Clever, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You're a Hitchcock, physical comedy fan, or just want to laugh. I've seen it on 2 continents. Masterful 4 actors are technically brilliant.

Don't see it if I guess if you really take Hitchcock too seriously or are expecting something else. I fell out of my chair laughing. I'm a tough audience.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy the movie and comedy. This production is very clever and requires some imagination. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if You don't like clever British shtick


See it if you like small casts playing a lot of characters & you can follow all the changes of character.

Don't see it if you like elaborate sets or if you don't remember the movie (the plot is a bit twisty).

Funny, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you want to watch 1920s style movie camp translated into theater camp; you enjoy classy physical comedy

Don't see it if you want to relate to the characters.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if U like Hitchcock films and great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like a manic paced piece where actors play dozens of parts

Clever, Delightful, Original, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a light, fast-paced, fun evening.

Don't see it if If you are looking for must-see theater

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Original

See it if You enjoy watching frantic actors in a myriad of hilarious roles.

Don't see it if You're looking for something serious.

April 13th, 2015
"It remains indomitably funny...This bare-bones production is as disciplined and as precise in its footwork as a 'Firebird' from the Bolshoi Ballet. '39 Steps' remains a gallant and giggly ode to make-do resourcefulness...The cast members are as crude and as refined as they need to be."
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April 13th, 2015
"It’s a supporting actor—Arnie Burton, reprising his 2008 Broadway role—who really carries this welcome revival...It’s the silly stage business that milks the laughs. Shedding and switching secondary roles faster than they can doff or trade their cloaks and caps, Burton and sidekick Billy Carter ...
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April 13th, 2015
"Author Patrick Barlow and director Maria Aitken have created a unique piece of screwball comedy to call their own...This loving sendup is part madcap romance, part mistaken-identity thriller, and pure absurdity...At times, it feels a bit like a backyard production from the neighborhood kids, but...
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April 13th, 2015
"One of the funniest plays Broadway had seen in years is now majorly head-scratching in just how unfunny this mounting is...It seems that the show was rushed to the stage without enough rehearsal...the pacing is so far off, the chemistry nonexistent, and the campiness too big for a house of this ...
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