Actors Theatre of Indiana's production of The 39 Steps, directed by Richard J. Roberts, is a lot of fun. It spoofs Alfred Hitchcock-style mysteries delightfully and lets us enjoy the top-notch physical comedy skills of four local professional actors.
Logan Moore plays Richard Hanney, a well-meaning English gentleman who goes out for an innocent night at the theatre only to become embroiled in a conspiracy involving secret agents, Nazi sympathizers, murder and more.
Lisa Ermel plays the three women that claim Hanney’s attention along the way: first, a seductive German woman that slinks in beside him at the theatre; second, a winsome Scottish lass stuck in the country with a boorish husband; and finally Pamela, darling Pamela.
The flow of quick changes in costumes, props, set pieces and personalities is seamless and a treat to watch. The many ways the four actors flip, carry, and climb over each other is impressive too.
The crisp, black-and-white overall aesthetic for the show includes old-fashioned transparency projection as part of Bernie Killian’s set. I wasn’t sure how well this element worked at first, but I grew to appreciate the subtle humor in it.