Friday, September 30

The 39 Steps at Langdon Playhouse

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The Charlotte Players open their season with The 39 Steps on stage Sept. 9 – 18 at the Langdon Playhouse.
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps. It is a parody adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Patrick Barlow rewrote this adaptation in 2005.
This award-winning play is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 characters (played by a relatively small cast), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance. In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. The play is full of allusions to Alfred Hitchcock films, including Stranger on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.
The local production is directed by William Olson. The cast includes Randy Ronco, Taylor Dixon, Manion Warden, Seth Norris, Aiden Tatro, Tyrion Morris and Megan Fair.
Blithe Spirit will be staged Oct. 7 – 16. This play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the seance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
Neil Simon’s Rumors is set for Nov. 3 – 13. At the large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be performed Dec. 7 – 11. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on.
The new year starts with Belles Take The Big Easy Jan. 12 – 22. How The Other Half Loves will be staged Feb. 9 – 26.
Murder On The Orient Express is scheduled for March 16 through April 2. Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma will be performed April 20 – 30. The season wraps up with Mornings at Seven May 12 – 21.
The Langdon Playhouse is located at 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. For tickets and information, visit online at www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941-255-1022.

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