Brush up on your Hitchcock

Pro Tip: Watch a few Hitchcock films this weekend to get ready for the opening of The 39 Steps on June 10.  Why? For the laughs.


We know that sounds counter-intuitive, but the play The 39 Steps is a comedy which references several Hitchcock films and we know you love getting the inside joke.  Besides, Hitchcock is classic film noir worth the time and appreciation.

So, which films to watch?

“The Hitchcockian films I’d most recommend to the get the ‘in jokes’ of The 39 Steps stage-play is, of course, The 39 Steps film first and foremost. After that, North By Northwest and probably Strangers On A Train,” says Mike Yow, one of the four cast members in Parkway Playhouse’s upcoming performance.

The play also references: Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

“My favorite Hitchcock films are The 39 Steps (appropriate enough) and The Rear Window,” he adds. “The former has just about all your cool film noir-ish tropes in it, and the latter, well, the latter is Jimmy Stewart (one of my favorite actors of all time).”

So, hit your local (Flick) video store, library,…. or take advantage of some country’s copyright expiration… and make yourself a bowl of popcorn. (Don’t forget, we’ll make that popcorn for you when you come to the theatre!)

We look forward to hearing you laugh next weekend when The 39 Steps opens on June 10.  Don’t keep yourself in suspense… get your tickets by calling 828.682.4284 or by purchasing them online.

39 Steps Full Cast web
How can you not laugh just looking at this cast!?!   Left to right: Strother Stingley, Myra McCoury, Jake Deyton, and Mike Yow

It may seem like this is a “weekend off” at Parkway Playhouse, but that would be a misconception. Reading is Alive performs Frog and Toad on Saturday (11:30 am) at the Orchard at Altapass, the cast and crew of The 39 Steps launches themselves into tech week, and Bonnie & Clyde (our first musical of the summer) is already rehearsing!


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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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