39 Steps / John Buchan, Alfred Hitchcock

Comedy inspired by the classic Alfred Hitchcock spy movie from 1935



...Jaroslav Plesl as Richard Hannay with the face of an English gentleman shows the right degree of a naïve patriotic islander-ship and vehement efforts to foil the spy network. In spite of the fact that he seems to be always surprised by the dramatic situation, he is always able to get out of it by his own skills. And he is able to look at himself with a delighted satisfaction. Plesl does not comment his character directly, but by his consistent playing of all twists of the story which are accumulated there.
His excellent partner is Simona Babčáková playing the roles of three women who radically stepped into his life: the eccentric, German like crisp Annabelle, the submissive and lyrical Margaret, and the elegant, prim and later enamored Pamela, the girl of Richard’s dreams.
Both Václav Neužil and David Novotný have a lot of characters on their accounts – men’s and women’s as well. They utilized it for a lot of comedy and sometimes even grotesque creations which avoid usual cliché. Supply of gags prepared for them by the director seems to be inexhaustible and both are the moving force of the production, because they are those, who create the situations, to which they drive Richard…
Jana Paterová, Lidové noviny (People’s Newspaper)

...The director with the substantial assistance of the scenographer Martin Chocholoušek transfers the movie motifs and procedures to the theatrical language in an admirable integrity of its style and together with the actors he thus pays tribute to the movie art…
The key to the figurative short cut of the production is the work with naively created, acknowledged and often ridiculous, but still emotionally effective illusion. The small stage of Dejvické theatre is being gradually filled up by all typical movie coulisses – construction of a railway bridge, London’s brick walls, telephone boxes, leather sofa, and standard lamp, neon signs, and even an old mysterious villa and a limousine in the typical movie perspective…
Marie Reslová, Hospodářské noviny (Economic Newspaper)