‘39 Steps’ promises to keep audience on toes

Jerico Whitaker plays Mrs. McGarrigle and Ken Thompson plays Mr. McGarrigle as they rehearse a scene from “The 39 Steps.” During the Capitol City Players rendition of the play, four actors will play many characters in this parody of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Jerico Whitaker plays Mrs. McGarrigle and Ken Thompson plays Mr. McGarrigle as they rehearse a scene from “The 39 Steps.” During the Capitol City Players rendition of the play, four actors will play many characters in this parody of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

If you’re accustomed to bringing beer or wine to Capital City Players productions, you might consider switching to a cup of Rocket Fuel coffee for “The 39 Steps.” You’ll need a good amount of energy just to watch the frantically paced Alfred Hitchcock parody, Director Rob Crouse warns.

“It’s something people have never seen in comedy, and I don’t know they’re ever going to see anything like it again,” Crouse said.

The show is based loosely on the Alfred Hitchcock film by the same name that chronicles the adventures of Richard Hannay, a man on the run after being falsely accused of murder. He’s swept into the world of spies, assassins and intrigue.

The zany comedy borrows from the likes of Mel Brooks and Monty Python to create a show that’s part espionage, part physical comedy.

What: Capital City Players dinner theater production of “The 39 Steps” When: Friday through Sunday and March 15-18.

Time: 6:30 p.m., except for the Sunday matinee performances, which start at 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 for the dinner and show. Call the ticket line, (573) 681-9012, or buy tickets from the website, www. capitalcityplayers.com

On the menu: Choice of swiss steak or vegetable lasagna

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