Hammond's hidden gem
Since opening in 2003, the Towle Theater, the hidden gem of Hammond, Ind., has literally performed for thousands of audience members and served tens of thousands of young people through educational programs.
The theater will be presenting "The 39 Steps" this month of May. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have "The 39 Steps," a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater.
Four actors tackle more than 30 characters in 33 scenes taking place in 19 different locations, using more than 10 spoken accents ‐ all in just more than 90 minutes. The Northwest Indiana premiere of this newly interpreted classic is a must-see for die-hard theater fans, old movie buffs, those who love romance, espionage, drop-dead gorgeous fem-fatale characters and a dashing leading man.
Of course, the hero gets the girl in the end. But, which girl? And how does he do it? Is it his adorable mustache? His movie star good looks? Or his super-sleuthing ways that land the beautiful girl next door?
And how is it possible for two actors to each play three different characters in the space of only two pages in the script, both male and female, ages from 12 to 80, and all while never leaving the stage?
All of the answers can only be found at the Towle Theater in the newly beautified downtown Hammond corridor. "The 39 Steps" will be staged May 4 to 6, May 10 to 12 and May 18 to 20.