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Review: Adaptation of classic ‘39 Steps’ misses Hitchcock touch

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Patrick Barlow’s clever and mischievous stage adaptation of John Buchan’s novel “The 39 Steps” is usually presented (and titled) as “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.” But in the current production at the Theater Barn, Hitchcock’s credit seems to have vanished. With the disappearance of Hitchcock’s credit, most of the inspiration of the ingenious send-up has evaporated, leaving a still funny evening, but woefully unmoored and unfocused. Full of dark intrigue and poncey prose, Buchan’s venerable ...


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