1932 CRITERION THEATRE

A nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema, and community gathering space

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema, and community gathering space in the heart of Bar Harbor, Maine.

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The 39 Steps

The play based on the film based on the book, presented by Acadia Community Theater! The 39 Steps follows the story of a British Everyman who accidentally becomes embroiled in an espionage adventure.

Richard Hannay, the story’s leading man, is wrongfully accused of murder and must work to clear his name, protect his life, and foil the sinister spy organization The 39 Steps as they seek to steal British intelligence secrets.

On the stage, The 39 Steps becomes equal parts melodrama and farce, as the story twists around a woefully under-sized and underfunded cast. The performers must juggle the duties of myriad characters, often at the same time, and make the best of make-shift and ad-hoc sets and props, all while delivering an entertaining evening of theatre. The result is a show that’s as much Monty Python as Hitchcock, and is delivered with many more pauses for laughter than the original film’s release.

Earlier Event: August 9
Bee Parks and the Hornets
Later Event: August 10
The Wonders of Acadia