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The 39 Steps


Remember age 15? Mall-rats, atrocious stainless steel braces, trans fat-laden food and lots of "talk to the hand" and "bite me" references come to mind. Hailey-based theater group Company of Fools just turned the big one-five, and as a reflection of its defiant and dramatic attitude, will open its 2010-2011 season with the comedy The 39 Steps.

Just like the exaggerated arguments with parents about how totally unfair curfew was, the Tony Award-nominated play The 39 Steps is an over-the-top Monty Python-infused spy thriller. The play, adapted by English actor Patrick Barlow from the John Buchan novel and 1935 Hitchcock film of the same name, follows the story of a man's unintended involvement with a secret organization after assassins murder a female spy--with a bread knife. With plenty of Hitchcockian references sprinkled throughout, this tongue-in-jowl installment will run for a total of four weeks at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.

Opening night is Pay What You Feel Night, meaning you literally pay whatever you feel like paying for tickets that go on sale an hour before the performance. The company is also hosting Girls Night Out performances Wednesday, July 7, and Saturday, July 17, involving reduced ticket prices, a red carpet, $4 beer and wine, and post-show champagne, chocolate and discussion with the director and actors.

The show is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Paul G. Allen Foundation and patrons Judith and Richard Smooke.

Tuesday, July 6-Saturday, July 31, times vary, $10-$28, Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey,