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

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You love comedy with a hint of murder mystery

Don't see it if You don't like crime shows

80
Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You don't want to see the usual comedy, drama or musical

Don't see it if You are a tourist and this is the only show you will go to while visiting

100
Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Dated, Absorbing

See it if Was good

Don't see it if Haye it

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy Alfred Hitchcock.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy miming and slapstick comedy.

81
Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to laugh

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh

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.

70
Clever, Delightful, Dated

See it if You like physical acting and a lot of fluff

Don't see it if You want to think

91
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like to laugh.

Don't see it if You don't like to have an enjoyable night.

88
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Original

See it if you enjoy clever staging

Don't see it if you're looking for a night of deeply serious theater

40
Cliched, Dated, Great writing, Overrated

See it if you've never seen it

Don't see it if You've seen the 39 steps done before, it's not too different than any other performance.

86
Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to see something ridiculous, funny and very entertaining

Don't see it if you want a serious play or something thought provoking

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.

77
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great writing

See it if Wonderful for Hitchcock and film noir fans. The actor chemistry was obvious and there was great precision and execution.

Don't see it if The actors were a well oiled machine, but came off acting mechanical and rehearsed. They did not seem to be enjoying themselves. Too tight.

86
Clever, Funny

See it if you want to see a show with interesting acting...so many characters played by so few...and interesting staging.

Don't see it if you have young children...it might be hard for them to follow.

70
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you like noir and/or farce.

Don't see it if you want something with truly top-of-the-line performances. It's not exquisite, but it's fun.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like inventive physical theatre with a great cast.

Don't see it if You are foolish.

94
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you like farces and know at least a little Alfred Hitchcock

Don't see it if you don't like it when they break the forth wall, or when actors play more than one part

90
Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if One of the funniest shows I've ever seen! And so cleverly done!!!

Don't see it if If you don't have any sense of humor, this show is not for you.

100
Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You're in the market for something funny.

Don't see it if comedy isnt your thing.

75
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Confusing, Slow

See it if You enjoy plays without music, comedy, and some quick thinking.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals. It was an enjoyable show really even for a musical fan as myself.

92
Clever, Refreshing, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see something different.

Don't see it if You get confused easily.

96
Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You love Hitchcock -so clever & fun & inventive.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

85
Funny

See it if you like Alfred Hitchcock

Don't see it if you can't follow a quick paced show

83
Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if You like physical comedy, English humor, murder mystery, the unexpected and inventive use of set pieces.

Don't see it if You require fancy stage accoutrements, you need to be detached from the performance, you confuse easy, English humor turns you iff

90
Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You like clever staging, mystery/thrillers, great acting, melodrama.

Don't see it if You're expecting complete reverence of the original book/Hitchcock film or humor in your drama.


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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