Arundel will stage Hitchcock whodunit

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ARUNDEL — Arundel Barn Playhouse will open its summer season with “The 39 Steps,” a whirlwind whodunit comedy, on Tuesday, June 7.

The play, filled with murder, crime and sex, is adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock.

Meet a man with a boring life who encounters a woman who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered — and the mysterious spy ring called The 39 Steps is hot on his trail.

Packed with zany characters,  absurd chases, honky-tonk music and some good old-fashioned romance in handcuffs, “The 39 Steps” won Tony and Drama Desk awards in 2008.

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The show, which includes a spy chase scene on a train, will run through June 25 at the playhouse at 53 Old Post Road.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m, with Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. performance on Friday, June 17, and a show at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Tickets are $28 to $39. For reservations or more information, call 985-5552 or visit www.arundelbarnplayhouse.com.

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