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The 39 Steps, Stage Adaptation of a Hitchcock Classic, Next up from Rep

By Gibbs22manila @gibbscadiz
The 39 Steps, stage adaptation of a Hitchcock classic, next up from Rep “The 39 Steps,” a comic theatrical adaptation by Patrick Barlow of the 1915 World War I espionage novel by Scottish author John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, is the second offering of Repertory Philippines for its 2011 season.
The show runs March 4-20 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.
Directed by Ana Abad Santos, “The 39 Steps” features a quartet of ace actors: Michael Williams, Lisa Infante (back on the Philippine stage after having lived in London for 10 years), Rem Zamora and Juliene Mendoza. They play over 140 characters in an inventive and gripping comedy thriller done at breakneck speed, requiring great dexterity and versatility from its performers.
The 2008 Roundabout Broadway production of “The 39 Steps” won the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Lighting Design. It also won two Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design and was also nominated for four other categories--Best Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Costume Design of a Play. The London production won an Olivier Award in 2007 for Best Comedy Play.
The artistic and creative team of “The 39 Steps” includes Baby Barredo (artistic director), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (associate artistic director), Ana Abad Santos (director), Trineth Villasis (assistant director), John Batalla (lighting designer), Denis Lagdameo (set designer), Jethro Joaquin (sound designer), Raven Ong (costume designer), Denis Lagdameo and Gianina Ocampo (puppet animation).
Show dates are March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., and matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays, 3:30 p.m. All performances are at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City .
For tickets, inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines 5716926 and 5714941 or email Tickets also available at Ticketworld 8919999 or
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