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39 Steps at the Brand Library



 
For good solid fun, there’s nothing like a cheeky satire of an otherwise serious espionage mystery, and 39 Steps, made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 thriller, is just the ticket for our current political climate.

Dean Productions, and founder/director Rebecca Lynne, brings her talented cast to Glendale for a short run that I hope you’ll catch. The simple tale revolves around Richard Hannay (Glendale’s Sam Grey), a young man who gets swept up in an intrigue strewn with mysterious women beginning with Pamela (also Rebecca Lynne) who winds up dead in his apartment. In an effort to clear his name, he become more and more enmeshed in subterfuge and finally teams up with Annabella (Stephanie Anarumo) to squelch the villain (played by Clown #1, the marvelous Skip Pipo, along with a host of other parts), and his henchman (Clown #2, Joseph Anarumo, playing all the other parts).

In this production Director Lynne’s chore necessitated special accommodation to the outdoor setting, as well as orchestrating the two extraordinary clowns’ various personas, sometimes with split-second, on-stage timing. And that’s part of the fun.

Since Dean Productions works with children affected by cancer in a variety of programs, the free performances begin with a featured child actor from the workshop. On the Saturday I attended, one of her work-shoppers, “Molly the Cheater,” presented a polished monologue that highlighted the professionalism Lynne brings to her myriad of tasks. This program is well worth supporting!

39 Steps plays at 7 pm through the weekend at Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain Ave., Glendale, CA 91201. The event is free. Go to HYPERLINK "http://www.deanproductionstheatre.com" www.deanproductionstheatre.com for reservations, but walk-ins are welcome.