“This is different than any play I’ve ever done,” he said. “You really have to concentrate but stay light on your feet.”
In addition to the countless costume changes, the play also features nonstop action, including everything from shootings and stabbings to a chase on a moving train to airplane crashes.
“It moves incredibly fast,” Diering said. “It’s actually exhausting to watch.”
“It’s like running a road race,” Faria said. “It’s like an obstacle course, and if you overcome the obstacles, people laugh.”
“And if you don’t, they laugh,” Diering is quick to add.
If you go
What: “The 39 Steps”
When: Tonight through June 23. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Where: Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport
How much: $25 for adults, $23 for members, seniors and students
More information: 978-462-7336 or www.firehouse.org