The 39 Steps, the Tony Award-winning play adapted by Patrick Barlow, based upon an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, began its run at the Indiana Repertory Theatre on April 20 and will be playing through May 13, 2011. Remaining show dates include May 6, 10, 11, 12, and 13. It is billed as a combination of Alfred Hitchcock, who directed the 1935 movie version, and Monty Python's Flying Circus (BBC Television series, 1969-1974). That should deliver plenty of laughs and excitement. If you have never seen a stage production of this mystery/suspense story, now is your chance. Don't miss it.
Did you know that The Thirty-Nine Steps was first a novel before its stage and screen adaptations? Scottish writer John Buchan presented his mystery/suspense novel The Thirty-Nine Steps in 1915, during World War I's first years. Buchan wrote the book while bedridden--recovering from a duodenal ulcer--and its success skyrocketed the author to the heights of literary popularity. It was the first of five novels featuring Richard Hannay, an action-adventure character whose aplomb, pluckiness, and ingenuity enabled him to escape a continuous series of difficult situations.