39 Steps to Laughter
by Katie Fortune
It’s an understatement to say that director Phil Cook has outdone himself. At the preview for his rendition of 39 Steps, he had the audience laughing at every turn. He did have the help of an amazing cast of performers that took every silly scene in stride. With a cast of only seven, every character was uniquely designed for their setting, and executed their parts with such stoic grace that the audience couldn’t help but cackle.
Based on the book of the same name by John Buchan, the play takes an attractive 47-year old man through a series of unfortunate events that frame him as a murder. His circumstances lead him to encounter everyone from bra salesmen to German spies to professors, and suddenly his boring life in a London flat seems hundreds of years away.
Richard Hannay, played by Jonathon Keith, is a strong male lead. Weaving each scene together with his wit and comedic timing, he makes this show a must see. His co-star, Catherine Huges, is breath-taking every time she graces the stage with her presence. Each accent, and elegant costume takes Hannay’s breath away, making them a well-paired romantic couple.
But it is truly the side characters that make this show. Tanner Ferris adapts to many roles, shaping them each as his own, each more intricate than the last. He spares no detail in transforming into his many looks, most notably by far, the most beautiful and graceful trophy wife Uxbridge has ever seen! His cast mates Greg Gallagher, Shawn Elliot, Liam Elliot, and Jeremy Cook not only match the hilarity but take it higher, never backing down from the ridiculousness of any joke and rolling with the punches. Not everyone could pull of this kind of slapstick humour, but Phil Cook and his cast certainly have.
Don’t miss your chance to see this hysterical show! Hitting the stage tonight, January 16, you’ll have two weeks to see it before it is but a hilarious memory. You can find tickets online at onstageuxbridge.com