The story of Phileas Fogg, the Englishman so sure he could travel around the world in 80 days that he bet his fortune on it, is currently playing at the International City Theatre (ICT) in Long Beach.
“Around the World in 80 Days” at ICT is an adaptation by Mark Brown of French writer Jules Vernes’ novel, written in 1873. The play is fun and creative, with only five versatile actors playing 39 characters as they constantly rearrange the stage while “traveling” around the world.
The actors’ ability to switch from one character to the next, which includes using new dialects and displaying new mannerisms, is impressive, as is how they turn the stage from what looks like a train coach to an enormous elephant, and to many more locations, right before your eyes.
The play is interesting enough to keep your adult mind engaged, but it is also silly enough that it could keep your children entertained, making it a wonderful family outing.
Travel around the world with ICT (without leaving Long Beach) and see why Vernes is the third most translated author of all time and his “Around the World in 80 Days” story considered one of his masterpieces.
“Around the World in 80 Days”
International City Theatre
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 East Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Thursdays at 8 p.m. – Jan. 31; Feb. 7, 14
Fridays at 8 p.m. – Feb. 1, 8, 15
Saturdays at 8 p.m. - Feb. 2, 9, 16
Sundays at 2 p.m. – Feb. 3, 10, 17
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: $45