Sitting in the theatre is actually a sort of trivia game for super-fans, as trying to catch the allusions and jokes in the script is a great deal of fun. If you know nothing about Hitch, I think you can still have a fun time, though prior knowledge is definitely to your benefit here.
Directed by Ken Parks for the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow and based on the novel by John Buchan and the eponymous movie by Alfred Hitchcock, presents an incredibly staged story of love and espionage.
Few actors ruled the big and small screen with such vigor during the 1970s as William Devane. Using his classically handsome Irish features to embody parts best described as "Ivy League menace," Devane hasn't stopped working since making his film debut in 1967.
"It's just me and the clock. It's up to me to keep the pulse going. The musicians don't know how far off or ahead they may be at any given time. The burden is on the conductor to make sure everything is lining up correctly."
It would seem that after decades of derision, film scores are finally beginning to take their place as true descendants of opera, and they are now appreciated by not only film fans but concertgoers as well.