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GTA SouthernStage ends season with Hitchcock comedy

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Photo: Dave Simpson Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" opens at the Buford Community Center today. This show ends the GTA-Southern Stage's first season.

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Photo: Dave Simpson Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" opens at the Buford Community Center today. This show ends the GTA-Southern Stage's first season.

IF YOU GO

• What: “The 39 Steps”

• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, times vary, runs through April 28

• Where: Buford Community Center’s Sylvia Beard Theatre, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford

• Cost: $10 to $18

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BUFORD -- To end its first theatrical season, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance's SouthernStage opens Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" at the Buford Community Center today.

And this play isn't a suspenseful spy plot -- it's more of a spoof of the story.

"The 39 Steps" follows Richard Hannay (played by Josh Carpenter), an innocent man entangled in a world of espionage at the hands of a beautiful young woman who turns out to be a spy. Three love interests for Hannay (Annabella Schmidt, Pamela and Margaret) are all played by Atlanta-based Equity actor Elizabeth Wells Berkes, and the additional 150 characters (and then some) are played by Atlanta-area actors Jimi Kocina and Matt Magill. The two act as every other character in the show, which includes heroes, villains, men, women, children and even inanimate objects -- sometimes at the same time. Kocina and Magill use quick costume changes to accomplish the existence of all of these characters.

This play is Patrick Barlow's stage adaptation of the 1935 film, which premiered in 2005 in England. It later hit Broadway in 2008.

Barlow's script condenses more than 150 characters into a cast of four. The comedy also has an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some romance.

If you're on a budget, but interested in attending the performance, Buford Rush Tickets will be available for all evening shows. Patrons with a Buford address on their picture ID will be able to purchase two front row seats for half price ($9) in the Buford Community Center box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show. These tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

The show runs through April 28.