COM­EDY RE­VIVES CLAS­SIC

Vis­it­ing the Gold Coast this week­end is The 39 Steps, a quick and hi­lar­i­ous com­edy fea­tur­ing hun­dreds of char­ac­ters played by four ac­tors

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - DRESSING ROOMERS - KATE PETERS

I’m sit­ting writ­ing this col­umn look­ing out on Times Square and crowds of peo­ple stand­ing in line at the TKTS Booth (a dis­count Ticket Stand) – all wait­ing to pick up tick­ets for the hottest shows on Broad­way. The other win­dow shows the high­lighted names of many of the cur­rent shows; Once, It’s Only A Play, Pip­pin, Cabaret, Aladdin, Side Show, Matilda, Hed­wig and the Angry Inch and dozens of oth­ers. The­atre is in­deed alive and very well in The Big Ap­ple, even on a chilly Sun­day night! Watch this space for more info on shows seen this week. Chris­tine Har­ris & HIT Pro­duc­tions are bring­ing The 39 Steps to the Gold Coast this week­end. The fast-paced, sidesplit­ting com­edy fea­tures more than 100 char­ac­ters played by four ac­tors. Based on the 1935 Hitch­cock spy thriller movie and novel by John Buchan, The 39 Steps fol­lows hand­some hero Richard Han­nay as he meets a mys­te­ri­ous woman, who re­veals a plot to smug­gle mil­i­tary se­crets out of the coun­try. That night, she is found mur­dered in his apart­ment. It plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Satur­day at 2pm and 7.30pm. The big news for Gold Coast theatre­go­ers this week was the launch of the 2015 sea­son at Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre on Tues­day evening. Com­bined with the popular Drinks with the Di­rec­tor pro­gram for the fi­nal show for 2014, The Pa­jama Game, direc­tors gave a run­down on their shows. They in­clude (first up) Sig­nal Driver by Pa­trick White, di­rected by Noella John­son (opens Jan­uary 24), Abi­gail’s Party di­rected by Dawn China (opens March 14), the mu­si­cal re­vue Jerry’s Girls di­rected by Yours Truly (opens May 16), Noel Coward’s Pri­vate Lives di­rected by Roger McKen­zie, (opens July 25), Dim­boola di­rected by Dorothy Hen­der­son (opens Septem­ber 19) and So­cial Climbers di­rected by He­len Maden (opens Novem­ber 21). The company’s One Act Play Sea­son will not be held next year and an ad­di­tional pro­duc­tion will be in­serted. Bal­lina Play­ers will mark the 30th an­niver­sary of its cur­rent the­atre with a pro­duc­tion of the Cole Porter and Arthur Ko­pit mu­si­cal High So­ci­ety. The play be­gins on the wed­ding eve of Long Is­land so­cialite Tracy Sa­man­tha Lord. Her fi­ancé George is re­li­able but deadly dull. Tracy is shaken by the un­in­vited ar­rival of her ex-hus­band Dex­ter in his yacht True Love, which she had de­signed. Dex­ter is de­ter­mined to sab­o­tage the wed­ding. In a cham­pag­ne­fu­elled evening, Tracy tries to make a decision. Ad­di­tional may­hem in­volv­ing Tracy’s es­tranged par­ents adds to the con­fu­sion. The theme song High So­ci­ety re­curs through­out the story and com­ments on the ac­tion. The mu­si­cal is based on The Philadel­phia Story, the 1940 film which starred Kathryn Hep­burn as the bride, Cary Grant as Dex­ter and Jimmy Stu­art as Mike. A 1956 mu­si­cal ver­sion fol­lowed. High So­ci­ety is di­rected by Paul Belsham and War­wick Bin­ney and will be staged at the Play­ers The­atre from Novem­ber 14 to De­cem­ber 6. The open­ing night will be a spe­cial event, with pre-show cham­pagne and fin­ger food. bal­li­naplay­ers.com.au The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast will hold its 2015 pro­gram launch on Novem­ber 12. It’s an invitation-only event and the en­tire year’s pro­grams will be re­vealed at the time. Watch this space! Other pro­duc­tions on the hori­zon in­clude Farn­dale Av­enue … Christ­mas Carol, di­rected by veteran Joan Stalker Brown and open­ing at Tam­borine Moun­tain (Za­mia The­atre) on Novem­ber 7; Tu­gun The­atre Company and Jil­lian Rawl­ings will present Ray Cooney’s farce It Runs in the Fam­ily from Novem­ber 14 and di­rec­tor Dawn China opens Five Women Wear­ing the Same Dress at Javeen­bah The­atre on Novem­ber 21. Book­ings are open now, visit the in­di­vid­ual the­atre’s web­sites for de­tails.

Pic­ture: Ni­cole Gamston

Mike Smith and Anna Burgess star in

The 39 Steps,

based on the Hitch­cock spy thriller movie.

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