from left to right: Toshik Bukowiecki, Nick Sepi, Alan Penty (photo credit: David Lowes)
The 39 Steps: A Hilarious 1930's Radio Play Brought to Life
You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Go Home Happy
by Spencer Malthouse
The play traces the adventure of Richard Hannay (Alan Penty), who finds himself inexplicably involved in a dastardly German plot. Penty's Hannay is camp, cheeky, and lovable. His over-the-top acting is marvellously suited to the script and his energy propels the play. Opposite Hannay are three very different women, each of whom is played stunningly by Karen Brelsford. Capturing the spirit and farce of the play, Brelsford is a pleasure to watch.
The remaining 100 or so characters are played by Nick Sepi and Toshik Bukowiecki. The two must be commended for their inexhaustible energy and breadth of talent. Unfortunately, some of their portrayals fall flat. The worst, Sepi's milkman character, is a pathetic John Lennon impersonation and should be reworked. Many of their characters, however, are fantastic. Bukowiecki's scotch wife character may well have stolen the show.