Tickets are available for "The 39 Steps," the first production of the newly revamped Darien Arts Center Stage.

Performances take place at 8 p.m. on March 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 and at 2 p.m. on March 10 and 17 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, behind Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road.

"The 39 Steps" is adapted from a novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. Patrick Barlow wrote the adaptation into a fast-paced farce using two actors playing multiple roles.

The DAC Stage production will use six actors to play more than 100 roles.

Linda Gilmore said her fellow actors "have kept her in stitches during rehearsals."

The script is full of references to Hitchcock's films, but the show is geared to audiences from age 9 to 90.

The story line has a bored bachelor, Richard Hannay, seeking a bit of amusement on a Saturday night by going to a play, which becomes more than he bargained for -- an exotic woman with an enticing accent invites herself to his home, men in trenchcoats appear outside his windows, and then there are the 39 steps. The story unfolds at a breakneck speed to keep audiences engaged.

A state-of-the-art sound system, a recent gift from the Darien Foundation, will be showcased during the performances.

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Trains, plane crashes, breaking glass in surround sound will make the experience real for the audiences.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and can be purchased by visiting or calling 203-655-5414. For information, call 203-655-8683.