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Arts & Entertainment - January 28, 2011

A finely tuned blizzard

TheatreWorks' whirlwind Hitchcock parody features crack comic timing and theatrical invention

by Kevin Kirby

In 1935, a young Alfred Hitchcock gave the moviegoing public a taste of things to come with his adaptation of John Buchan's novel "The 39 Steps." With its reluctant though exceptionally dashing hero, its enigmatic women, its harrowing chase sequences and its razor-close escapes, "The 39 Steps" embodied many of the elements that came to define the great director's style.

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