Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will run three shows in repertory this summer: “Romeo & Juliet,” “Love’s Labours Lost” and a third small-ensemble show that hadn’t been named till today.
It’ll be “The 39 Steps,” the wildly successful four-hander that ran on Broadway and move Off-Broadway. A wickedly clever homage to all things Hitchcock, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the show, which relied heavily on projections and props in its New York runs.
The third spot at HVSF has come to be occupied by rather loopy, few-hands-many-roles shows like “Bombitty” (a hip-hop take on “The Comedy of Errors”), the madcap “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” and, last summer, “Around the World in 80 Days,” in which Boscobel’s clown prince, Jason O’Connell, played more than 15 characters and managed regularly to reduce poor Rick Ercole to laugh-driven tears.
Awaiting word on who’ll direct “The 39 Steps.” Artistic director Terry O’Brien will direct “Love’s Labours” and Chris Edwards will direct “Romeo & Juliet.”