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
82
Avg Score

85
Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy subtle humor and only a handful of actors playing multiple characters.

Don't see it if You don't like self-aware physical comedy or Hitchcock.

71
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Madcap

See it if you enjoy a clever take-off on a 1935 Hitchcock film; you appreciate the great staging of many characters by a cast of four!

Don't see it if Minimal staging, satiric comedy, dated subject matter and a somewhat unsatisfying ending don't agree with you.

100
Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you like Alfred Hitchcock stories.

Don't see it if you don't like Alfred Hitchcock stories.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful

See it if You love entertaining shows that move quickly.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Alfred Hitchcock.

87
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want a whirlwind of plot, action, drama that never stops to catch its breath. The actors race though dozens of roles. Real fun .

Don't see it if You are expecting see anything remotely connected to the movie version. This aint not movie.

90
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You love fast paced, witty humour.

Don't see it if British accents annoy you.

83
Clever, Original, Silly, Entertaining

See it if You can enjoy the show for what it is- budget friendly, clever and fun.

Don't see it if You are a sour-puss or a snob...this show is only as funny as you let it be, so lighten up!

89
Dizzying, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like to laugh a lot and love theatre that is inventive with great acting!

Don't see it if Don't like to laugh and have a good time!

22
Dated, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you can laugh at anything and everything.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. I have seen this show before and rather enjoyed it but this production was slow, unfunny, and pointless.

69
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you really love Hitchcock

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

75
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy clever staging and fourth-wall breaking jokes that use theatre conventions to wink at the audience.

Don't see it if you want a fully produced and engaging show that doesn't remind you it's a play.

95
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You are amused by any of the following: Monty Python, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy satire, silly accents and costume changes.

75
Clever, Funny, Farcical

See it if you enjoy farce, Alfred Hitchcock or a combination of the two.

Don't see it if you would prefer something more dramatic.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you want to be surprised by the storyline.

Don't see it if you want predictability.

95
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Original, Entertaining

See it if You are Hitchcock fan. A great and funny tribute to the master.

Don't see it if You don't like Hitchcock.

85
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like intelligent and cleverly staged comedies performed by a fantastic and very talented ensemble

Don't see it if it already closed

90
Enchanting, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

See it if you love Hitchcock movies, masterful staging and laughing your butt off.

Don't see it if you don't like Hitchcock or small casts.

95
Original, Masterful, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy live theatre at its best! Great actors play multiple roles in this fun mystery. You'll laugh and be wowed by the cleverness of it.

Don't see it if You're looking for a conventional play with a large(er) cast and storyline.

96
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if want to see a fast paced show and laugh lots

Don't see it if you can't enjoy a silly show

79
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like fast talking actors playing multiple roles

Don't see it if You don't like mysteries

85
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You love horror movies and comedy

Don't see it if You don't like to see classic horror films spoofed.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if you like a good Hitchcock spoof!

Don't see it if you're into musicals!

90
Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you love a good Ol' comedy

Don't see it if you don't like smaller shows that have no depth

70
Clever, Funny

See it if N/a

Don't see it if N/a

87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are ready to listen carefully to the dialog -- because that's what it's all about

Don't see it if you are expecting a big production


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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