Have had the privilege to catch some rehearsals for “The 39 Steps” — a table read and a walk through — and that cast is killing it. So to speak. That’s a joke. Btw.
Seriously, though, one of the best things about the theater thing is when the actors take that step from being, like, regular people in t shirts and sneakers and normal hair and faces, and start reading — and they BECOME the characters. They mutate: accent, posture, attitude.
So there we are in the “living room,” or whatever you call a space with old sofas and a dirt cheap soda machine in a basement, and these four folks go from weary after workers to: clowns! a debonair Brit on the run! a vamp!
And they do it well. Very well. What reads as an odd sort of funny farcical version of a Hitchcock play suddenly comes to life. Very funny, very cutting, very fast life.