All posts by Steven Kirkpatrick

The 39 Steps at Constellation Theatre Company

Constellation
Theatre does amazing work. However, The 39 Steps, while delivering
vibrant performances and a reasonable proportion of laughs, does not quite rise
to the level of theatre we expect from this company, largely due to an
inconsistent vision for this adaptation of a classic film to the stage. 

Patrick
Barlow’s play — a long running success in both London and New York–adapts the
1935 Alfred Hitchcock adventure film, The 39 Steps,

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Nell Gwynn at The Folger Theatre

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

“Just think,” says our heroine to the
playwright John Dryden. “You can write about real women, real emotion, real
feminine feelings and they will all be played by a real woman!!” The men glance
at one another in quizzical, wide-eyed shock: who on earth would want to see
that?

Well, our Nellie knows. We all do. After all, wink, it’s the year
of the woman: 1665.

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