Boston & Beyond's Susan Mulford reviews Moonbox Productions' "39 Steps"
A fast, far-flung, frenzied, farce filled with nonstop, hilarious humor. Moonbox Productions, at the BCA Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston's South End. presents actor, comedian and playwright, Patrick Barlow's adaptation of this Tony- and Olivier-award-winning play. Alfred Hitchcock and Monty Python deliciously meld In this part World-War-II spy thriller filled with hilarious and wonderfully ridiculous parodies. Directed by multiple IRNE award-winner Allison Olivia Choat, the story surrounds an ordinary, British citizen, Richard Hanney. Cooley played by Kevin Cirone, Richard becomes a hunted fugitive.Throughout the story he is constantly pursued, with narrow escapes and finds himself racing against the clock to clear his name as well as foil a ring of Nazi spies.led by the "man with the missing finger." Richard is the static protagonist who interacts with a brilliant trio of energetic, Chameleon-like actors who each play dozens of characters throughout the adventure. This supporting team consisting of two time IRNE award-winner, Matthew Zahnzinger, IRNE award-winner Sarah Gazdowicz and popular local actor, Bob Mussett, dazzles the audience with their British accents, comedic-timing, along with the non-stop stream of costume and personality changes. As the momentum of the action increases, this talented group revs up as they run through and behind sets, appearing and reappearing as various individuals. It is a delightful production filled with ridiculously silly and very funny moments of suspense and romance. As with each show, Moonbox Productions partners with a local non-profit giving them visibility on their website and in their promotional materials, as well as giving them access to their audiences in order to raise awareness of their cause, create connections within the community, and increase the reach and impact of their work. For the production of The 39 Steps, Moonbox is partnering with Y2Y Harvard Square, the nation's first student run homeless shelter for young adults. The organization employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness. To learn more about Y2Y and how you can help visit www.y2yharvardsquare . Tickets for this kick-back, relax, without any political agenda other than having a great time play may be obtained at www.moonboxproductions.org