In 1935, Alfred Hitchcock made a thrilling film adaptation of The 39 Steps, based on John Buchan’s melodramatic 1915 tale of espionage and murder. In 2005, playwright Patrick Barlow adapted Hitchcock’s film into a hilarious four-actor version, requiring the quartet to play good guys, bad guys, minor characters and occasional props.
Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 11. $22-$35. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-2273, cincyshakes.com.