Phileas Fogg , the hero of “Around the World in 80 days, has returned to New York, and is at the New Victory Theater for the next few weeks Laura Eason, playwright has adapted Jules Verne’s novel into a fun play for the younger theater goer. The show is a light verson for all ages.
Fogg is a man od independent means, his habits are so regular and disaplined that he fired his man servant for serving him tea at the wrong temperature, ( the novel: it was shaving water).
In his club (Reformed Club), Fogg (Andrew Pollard) wagers 20,000 pounds that a man can make it around the world in 80 days and sets off the same night with his reluctant valet Passepartout ( Michael Hugo), a former tightrope walker.
Traveling by train, boat, sled and elephant, he rescued a Indian widow (Kristen Foster) along the way, he treats time zones and his personal desire to make the world in 80 days as a means to an end. Under the impression that Fogg has robbed a bank, Inspector Fix (Dennis Herdman) chaces him all over the world.
Traveling the British Empire, the book isn’t actually much of a travelogue. Fogg isn’t much into see the sights, but never the less it is still pretty interesting how Theresa Heskins the director moves the characters about. The show is stylishly designed by Lis Evans ( the set is a plethora of suitcases), this production borrows techniques from story theater and devised theater to create country to country with mostly music and lights.
“Around the World in 80 Days is a whirlwind production and a very good one. Good acting, lighting, costumes and direction makes this a wonderful play. Fogg circles the globe in two hours, fun for parents and children alike. Although some parents behind me thought they were watching it from their family room, and an usher in the second act kept oacing up and down the isle ( very distracting), it was a fun evening and worth the journey to the New Victory theater.
The New Victory is dedicated to children’s theater and produces shows that are aimed at the younger audience. Its existence has produced more children’s plays than any other theater in New York City on a professional level. “Around the World in 80 Days uses creative fight scenes, humorous measures in Fogg’s attempt to travel the world.
In a very lite way, we see Fogg’s self assurance and his doubts. Fogg gies through his travels the way he goes through his life, very regimented. A lot of his personality and ways change when he meets the beautiful Indian widow. Fogg becomes a bit less self assured and even bumbling with her in tow. He gives his valet plenty of leeway in countries so that he may be alone with her. The valets travels are equally as entertaining as Fogg’s.