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Around the World in 80 Days

From 9 critic and 32 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

This new take on the classic story is a fast-paced, globe-trotting theatrical romp jam-packed with slapstick comedy and comic book-style action scenes. Recommended for everyone 7 and up. More…

The clock is ticking! With a fortune at stake, Phileas Fogg and his silly sidekick, Passepartout, must abandon the misty streets of Victorian London and circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days, or lose everything. Get swept up in the adventure as they race across Asia on the back of an elephant, speed by steamer ship over the stormy Pacific, and ride the railroad through the American Wild West. 

2h 0m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)


95
New York Stage Review

"Eason’s faithful and funny adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1873 adventure yarn packs plenty of entertainment for everyone...What’s particularly winning about Eason’s smart text and Heskins’ lively production is that they encourage youngsters to use their imaginations...Slapstick shenanigans, silent movie-style chases, and native dance gestures further animate the swift two-act proceedings, which Heskins paces beautifully...Sterling entertainment for kids and their families." Full Review

90
TheaterScene.net

"Laughter and oohs and ahs abound from an audience of all ages during this exuberant and wildly theatrical stage adaptation...Playwright Laura Eason’s inspired treatment is witty, smart and playfully reimagines this episodic saga for the stage...There’s old-fashioned wizardry galore due to director Theresa Heskins’ phenomenal staging. With breakneck pacing Ms. Heskins’ has the cast delightfully enact vignette after vignette with slapstick, verbal panache, and physical flair." Full Review

90
Motherhood Later

“Theatrical re-imaging of Verne’s timeless story...A talented ensemble...play over 125 characters in this high-caliber, globe-trotting tale. The interactions between the cast is phenomenal...I felt as if I was truly transported to other continents...The moments of comic relief were well-timed and had the audience roaring with laughter...The show did not feel dated...This whirlwind adventure offers something for everyone. There’s danger, comedy, romance, dance and theatrical magic mix." Full Review

85
The New York Times

“Ingeniously directed...and stylishly designed...At its best, it has a childlike sensibility, creating a delightful elephant out of a cloak, a credible shipboard scene with just a couple of tilting chairs and a life preserver...Not all of the secondary figures are fully realized...But it’s still a neat trick, as is the deft stage magic...The show sometimes takes the adventure plot so seriously that it forgets to allow for silliness, though the giddy moments...seemed to delight the children mo... Full Review

85
Geeks

"This play is a fun play enjoyed by people of all ages. Wonderful costumes, lighting and direction with fine acting makes it worthwhile to see. 'Around the World in 80 Days' has a little of something for everyone. Whether it is the adult reliving his childhood or that young person with a wonderment of a good story about a man who circles the globe in order to fulfill his wager, stories like this are always fun and spark one's inner youth." Full Review

85
The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production "While all this is indubitably rollicking good fun, I missed Verne’s sly, ironic sideswipes at stock market and empire (comments on colonialism given to Mrs Aouda came across as forced)...That aside, Theresa Heskins’s direction lacks nothing in verve and elan. James Atherton’s music is so much part of the action it is almost a character in itself, and the main roles are just as you could wish them." Full Review

85
Houstonia

for a previous production "A madcap romp lovingly directed by Philip Lehl, who taps into a sense of playfulness and delicious imagination, whizzing the five actors playing 39 parts around the George Theatre stage...It’s delightfully campy and often sweetly sincere in the hands of the half-dozen artists realizing the story...This is a show that entertains, that showcases the power of imagination, that reminds us what it is to play and explore." Full Review

85
HoustonPress

for a previous production "It's all so clever and fun-filled. This production laughs with us, poking us that theater doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. It can be silly and goofy, anything your mind imagines...This is all wonderful fun, a child's view of theater, and one we must never grow out of. Director Philip Lehl deftly handles the light touch of it all, giving the show an improvisational, antic tone that is just right." Full Review

80
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "In the beginning, the staging takes some getting used to. The first segment is a seemingly endless repetition of the entire cast shouting their every movement as they turn and step in unison...Overall, 'Around the World in 80 Days' is an enjoyable, professional, fast-paced, and funny show. It is far from profound, but it is delightfully charming, and a fine example of what the National Players can do as they journey around the country in 300 days." Full Review


100
Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like a bright comedy with eccentrics and acrobatics.

Don't see it if you don't like good acting, acrobatics and comedy.

97
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if So, so, clever. Look for the elephant. the sailing. the train rides, the bed,. the tossing of Pounds and Notes etc ALSO

Don't see it if We wanted more

Also British Group did a masterful production (Co-op between Manchester Roy... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like family Entertainment smart enough for adults. 9 actors take us around the world BRILLIANTLY in 1 hr 45 mins.

Don't see it if You don't like family Entertainment and if you hate creative small shows that are funny.

94
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like a fun show good for the whole family with great staging and performances. They did a great job of capturing the story of the film.

Don't see it if you want to see a production more suited towards a mature audience that will not attract small children.

93
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if want to see an amazing reproduction of a classic. The staging and acting was great. The staged fights were also unique. For Kids and Adults.

Don't see it if you don't like plays where you need to use some of your imagination. The show was really well done, so would recommend checking it out.

92
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You would enjoy an excellent retelling of the famous Jules Verne’s tale in a Monty Pythonesque way.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy comedy, children’s theater, slapstick.

91
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if to see the upgrade on the long ago oriignal and to see a great show that was not a musical but could have been

Don't see it if fast paced show with actors in many roles

90
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want a little bit of everything! It's fun, not overly silly, creative staging and props , talented cast, fast paced, one of the best. A+

Don't see it if ... What? It's a must-see. I am a tough critic, and yet I have enjoyed it very much! To clear your concerns, it's definitely not childish!

89
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A lot of fun for all ages. Refreshing looking at Around in 80 Days.

Don't see it if Talking around you during show. A lot of kids. For this is a family theater so you know before you go.

Also Refreshing way of seeing elephant, sail, boat, sleeping in a bed, figh... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want to be a child again for a few hours or better yet bring a child with. you. Lots of fun!

Don't see it if You’re are a crusty old so and so. If indeed you are then get a ticket and let yourself enjoy!! It may not be Chekhov but it is Jules Verne!

86
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want a fast, smart, funny, creative show that’s wonderful for all ages. Definitely recommended for people who have a great imagination.

Don't see it if You were looking for a big Broadway production. This is small and imaginative rather than large and over the top.

86
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like good acting

Don't see it if if you dont want to be enchanted

86
Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Clever, Delightful

See it if You appreciate shows with lots of imagination as well as great talent from all. Good family show-maybe a little too involved for wee ones.

Don't see it if You can’t handle fidgety kids in the audience. Also it’s scenery/props done on a dime. So don’t expect lots of bells and whistles.

Also This has some great staging. The kind I LOVE. It’s mostly done with al... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you want to experience a magical evening of clever storytelling.

Don't see it if you don’t like to use your imagination

82
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a very clever and funny retelling of the Jules Verne story. Bring your kids. Both adults and children can enjoy this show.

Don't see it if you don't like a lot of children in your audience. The New Victory Theater is a children's theater and there will be noise during the show.

82
Interesting but mostly for kids, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Want to spend a good time with your kids, grandkids. Several episodes required kids on stage to help actors; fast costume changes

Don't see it if Expecting the show to be identical with the book,do not like significant amount of kids,want more diverse staging and dislike British accent

82
Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You like quick placed humorous campy fun

Don't see it if You are looking for intense drama

81
Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A realky entertaining show. Great lighting, costumes and directting. A fun story with good acting.

Don't see it if If you dont want a kids show. Kids and parents talking during show. Had an usher in second act pacing up and down the isle... it was very di

Also Distracting.

80
Peppy, Clever, Animated, Amusing, Cute

See it if you are looking for kid's entertainment, or in general enjoy slapstick humor with energetic performers who wear multiple hats within a show.

Don't see it if you prefer serious productions and abhor silliness.

80
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if if you are an older child who knows the story; if you are an adult who wants a clever retelling of the story and wants to be entertained

Don't see it if you don't like shows which are a bit over-the-top and silly; you don't like the original story and don't care to see it recreated on stage

Also The New Victory is basically a children's theater. If you don't enjoy ... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if It's a kids' play..

Don't see it if it's a kids' play, so don't go if you want something more mature..

80
Great writing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You like funny, inventive, family-friendly plays with great acting, physical humor, and true actor dedication.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious, a musical, or something with super elaborate sets.

79
Talented performers, Some fine choreography!, Clever staging, Inventive, Charming

See it if Want an imaginative retelling of an old-fashioned play that has all the right theatre magic on a barebones set. It's engaging and fun.

Don't see it if Not ok w that ol' British colonialism, chauvinism, cultural stereotypes (in play's DNA), repeated sight gags & plenty of cartoony violence.

78
Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You want to share classic literature with your children. You enjoy creative world building a la War Horse and circus-inspired moments.

Don't see it if You dislike children in the audience. You want something deep and dramatic. It’s a delight of imagination, but not a heavy or heady tale.

75
Fun, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if If you like plays for younger audiences which are entraining and engaging enough for adults.

Don't see it if You prefer more serous plots snd are not interested in just having a fun time.


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