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You'll want to make this trip 'Around the World in 80 Days'

You'll want to make this trip 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Rampant theatricality and audience regard traverses “Around the World in 80 Days” at the Actors Co-op. Since its 2001 premiere, Mark Brown’s adroit reduction of Jules Verne’s classic globetrotter has become something of a regional staple -- the Colony did a fine production in 2004 -- and its buoyant revival here reminds us why. Maintaining the core story of punctilious Phileas Fogg and his Victorian-era circumference of the planet on a bet, Brown divides its epic cast of characters among five actors, their onstage navigation of the saga’s sprawl the very stuff of theater. Accordingly, director Rhonda Kohl deftly strikes a balance between narrative sobriety...

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