Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) debuts final show of successful summer season
Lac Brome comedy sure to delight
Fresh off a huge hit with their last show, Wife Begins at Forty, The Hudson Village Theatre will raise the curtain on the final show of the professional theatre summer season tonight with the comedy hit The 39 Steps.
The 39 Steps mixes a Hitchcock masterpiece with a spy novel and some typical British farce. The fast-paced story has a man on the run after being accused of stabbing a woman he just met. With his picture plastered everywhere, the hero desperately tries to clear his name while getting caught up in some spy games of his own.
The stage version is re-enacted with four actors; leading man Richard Hannay is played by Martin Sims in his HVT debut, he Theatre Lac Brome production of the Olivier and Tony Award-winning hit comedy is “a hoot” according to HVT spokesperson Barbara Ford.
“The script is the Hitchcock film, almost verbatim, but the hook is that it’s purposely written for only four actors,” Ford said, adding, “It is a farce from beginning to end, grabbing the audience in the first few seconds.”
The intimacy of HVT’s theatre, housed in a narrow but beautifully converted train station, has inspired innovative direction and staging to create even more laughs than were probably intended when the show first opened and brought down the house in London’s West End, Ford noted. while Mary Harvey takes on the roles of the three women with whom Hannay has his romantic entanglements. Actors Mike Hughes and Davide Chiazzese round out the cast, playing heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. The show will open tonight at 8 p.m. with a preview and will run until Aug. 24. For tickets and showtime information call the box office at 450 458-5361. The Hudson Village Theatre is situated at 28 Wharf Rd.
Martin Sims, Mike Hughes and Davide Chiazzese will take to the Hudson Village Theatre stage tonight when the final show of the summer season,