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The 39 Steps 

When: Various times
Price: $8-$23

In Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller The 39 Steps, suave central character Richard is plunged into a web of intrigue when a drop-dead gorgeous secret agent actually drops dead in his London flat after their chance encounter at a West End show. Framed for her murder, with police and a spy ring in hot pursuit, Richard makes a series of narrow escapes as he tries to prove the espionage and his innocence. But Patrick Barlow's stage adaptation keeps the entire production in a metatheatrical position as precarious as Richard's. Suspense and comedy build as we try to anticipate how a minimal cast will manage to enact Hitchcock's cinematic classic. Four actors play all the roles—as one plays Richard, the other three careen between more than two hundred other characters. Take it from us: Self-referential theater isn't usually this amusing. Rachel Klem directs. —Byron Woods

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