Theatrical Outfit runs amazing race Around the World in 80 Days

Phileas Fogg, the English gentleman who journeys around the world in 80 days in Jules Verne’s novel of the same name, resembles a modern, 21st-century traveler circumnavigating the globe of 1872. Punctuality and exactitude define Fogg, and he’s capable of such precise estimates of travel times, it’s like his head contains a Wi-Fi connection to Travelocity. In his era, departures relied on the whims of tides and weather that could result in delays of weeks. Fogg’s more like the air commuter who gets impatient when the plane leaves the gate at 6:44 a.m. instead of 6:43.

Given that today you could drive to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and book a trip around the world in less than 80 hours, audiences need to put themselves in a pre-Wright Brothers mindset for Theatrical Outfit’s Around the World in 80 Days. Clint Thornton directs a high-spirited, almost giddy production of Mark Brown’s fleet adaptation, which will please anyone who finds a thrill in traveling by rail or steamship.

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