Already closed | 1h 40m | Gramercy

39 Steps

From 268 member  reviews
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 (268)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

60
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.

59
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.

66
Clever, Confusing, Overrated

See it if you like whodunit mysteries

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

67
Confusing

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).

51
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!

63
Silly, Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if Clever staging and theatre tricks (silhouettes, physical comedy, props, vaudeville gags). Silly, good-natured fun.

Don't see it if you're expecting a compelling story or a great mystery. Loses steam and comes to an unsatisfying conclusion. Requires the right actors.

65
Cliched, Fluffy, Entertaining, Campy

See it if you enjoy campy humour with a lot of classic clown tricks and stage illusions

Don't see it if you want something super intense and actually thrilling

50
Funny, Overrated, Quirky, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if You are a Hitchcock fan or like silly humor.

Don't see it if You want something really funny. It's mediocre but not that funny.

50
Overrated, Cliched, Funny

See it if You are into seeing people do numerous quick changes and are into campy humor

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production or it to live up to its idea of 99 characters played by four actors

69
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you really love Hitchcock

Don't see it if you expect a really great show

65
Mediocre, Inventive, Trivial

See it if you're looking for a trifle. There are some laugh-inducing moments, but it's mostly what you'd expect from a condensed spin on a film.

Don't see it if you haven't yet seen this sort of play. It's a fun take on a classic film, but this sort of fun take has been done many times before.

65
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You're an Alfred Hitchcock fan, or love small casts and clever humor.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays.

69
Ambitious, Clever, Overrated

See it if You are looking for something fluffy and fun without much substance.

Don't see it if You want something deep.

55
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like Hitchcock

Don't see it if You have anything better to do

55
Confusing, Entertaining, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You like over-the top slapstick humor.

Don't see it if You don't like over-the top slapstick humor.

62
Overrated, Great staging, Funny, Disappointing

See it if Youre from out of town and haven't seen this kind of theater before

Don't see it if You're a sophisticated theater goer.

69
Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy farce to a fault

Don't see it if you are easily distracted

55
Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing, Slow

See it if You find cheap tickets

Don't see it if you have to paid full price spend your money on a better show

68
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if If you're ok with non-musical show

Don't see it if If you're not ok with non-musical show

63
Confusing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if You don't mind seeing it more than once to understand

Don't see it if you don't like wasting your money

68
Dizzying, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You like clues with the show.

Don't see it if You don't like props for jokes.


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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