The 39 Steps, a madcap stage adaptation of the famed 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film (and John Buchan novel) of the same title, is on the stage at the Kentucky Center with performances through April 27.

The production trails unsuspecting Englishman Richard Hannay as he is inadvertently drawn into an elaborate plot by a dark and beautiful female spy.

When the same woman is mysteriously murdered in Hannay's apartment, he must flee the country in an attempt to save his own life from her diabolical pursuers.

On the lam from both the perusing authorities and a team of assassins sent to kill him before he discovers the meaning of the puzzling "39 Steps," Hannay is met by an outrageous cast of characters, from suspicious Scotsmen to an evil professor to an innocent female companion (with a temper).

A whirlwind adventure, The 39 Steps pays homage to Hitchcock and the classic film mysteries with an unapologetic, tongue-in-cheek flare that has won over audiences.

An inventive comedy, the show moves along at breakneck speed, winding audiences through wild chases, narrow escapes and outright silly detours in the European countryside.

With great care never to take itself seriously, the show features a cast of four performers playing over 150 roles, acting as stars, set pieces and special effects magicians all at once-with hilarious results.

A true gem for fans of Alfred Hitchcock and old movies in general, the play also appeals to more modern audiences with its creativity and ironic fun.

The play is presented by Mind's Eye Theatre Company in the Kentucky Center's MeX Theater. It is considered appropriate for ages 13 and up.

General admission tickets for the two-hour show are $16 and can be purchased online at www.kentuckycenter.org or by calling 1-800-775-7777.

Tickets are also available at the box office, 501 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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