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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
Classic suspense cinema runs swiftly across the stage in two hours of comedy as the Milwaukee Rep brings Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps to the Quadracci Powerhouse. Four actors play numerous roles in this sophisticated comic tribute to the classic cloak-and-dagger suspense story. The show leans heavily on a behind-the-curtain feel. Bill Clarke’s set has the look of a stylish, decaying cinema palace. With a few odd props, the four actors create...
01.16.2011 | | Posted at 10:04 AM

3 Seconds Under A Streetlight with The Milwaukee Rep’s 39 Steps

By Russ Bickerstaff
Part of the appeal of theatre is the transformation of reality. Under ideal conditions, an audience is transported somewhere else for the duration of the play. Ideally, a group of actors and various production elements can convince an audience on some level that they’re more than just a roomful of people pretending. Patrick Barlow’s comic adaptation of The 39 Steps plays with the illusion fo...