SF GATE: A jaunt south for a comic thriller

By Lily Janiak, published August 2, 2017

Professional theater in Northern California doesn’t stop at the border of Santa Clara County. Prime example: Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Nestled in a new home in a eucalyptus grove in Santa Cruz’s DeLaveaga Park, it’s one of the few remaining true repertory companies in the U.S., performing a rotation of shows each summer with an ensemble of both union actors and interns.

One of two non-Shakespeare productions in its 2017 season is Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of the Hitchcock thriller “The 39 Steps,” which famously calls for just four actors — Brian Smolin, Grace Rao, Mike Ryan and Allen Gilmore — to play a hodgepodge of roles. Paul Mullins directs.

If you make the trek, don’t be fooled by Santa Cruz’s beach boardwalk vibe. That high in the hills, the fog is a potent force; jackets and blankets are strongly recommended.
— Lily Janiak

Mike Ryan and three other actors play all the parts in “The 39 Steps.” Photo by Jana Marcus.

Mike Ryan and three other actors play all the parts in “The 39 Steps.” Photo by Jana Marcus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to San Francisco Gate article