Hudson Vil­lage Theatre (HVT) de­buts fi­nal show of suc­cess­ful sum­mer sea­son

Lac Brome co­me­dy sure to de­light

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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.

TThe show

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.

VIL­LAGE THEATRE PHO­TO COUR­TE­SY OF THE HUDSON

Mar­tin Sims, Mike Hu­ghes and Da­vide Chiaz­zese will take to the Hudson Vil­lage Theatre stage to­night when the fi­nal show of the sum­mer sea­son,

opens.

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