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'Around the World in 80 Days' a beguiling beginning for Shakespeare Theatre season

By LIZ KEILL, Independent Press
Tuesday May 19, 2009, 11:08 AM

MADISON -- Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" has been imaginatively transformed for the stage by artistic director Bonnie Monte at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Audiences are spellbound as Phileas Fogg wagers with his peers at the gentlemen's club in London that he will circle the world in 80 days. His wager means he will return to the Reform Club at precisely the time, 80 days later, that he left. Will he or won't he succeed? Read full review here.


Around the World in Eighty Days is very funny business

Published: May 14th, 8:30 AM

Riding out a typhoon off the coast of China and later surviving an Indian attack on the American plains are among the more routine life-threatening challenges faced by Phileas Fogg and his manservant Passepartout. And as they try to circumnavigate the globe, perhaps the most spectacular event is traveling to Calcutta by elephant. Read full review here.


'Around the World in Eighty Days'
Only six actors perform this surreal and faithful adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic adventure

By Anthony Stoeckert
The Princeton Packet
May 12, 2009

With the help of some fine costumes, simple but clever sets, and the imagination of adapter-director Bonnie J. Monte, the production offers all the adventure, laughter and romance you’d want from the tale of Phileas Fogg and his global journey. Read full review here.


A surpassing Passepartout goes 'Around the World'

The Star Ledger
May 11, 2009

Audiences will enter the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey ready to see the story of Phileas Fogg, but they'll come out raving about the actor who plays Passepartout.

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Once More Around the World (in 80 Days)

The New York Times
May 10, 2009

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Around the World with Passepartout

Talkin Broadway
May 9, 2009

The New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre's retelling of Jules Verne's classic novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, is an overstuffed but entertaining comic adventure. Read full review here.


Review by C.W. Walker, Home News Tribune; May 8, 2009

It requires a certain amount of fortitude to mount a stage production of Jules Verne’s epic adventure ““Around the World in Eighty Days.’’ But it takes sheer chutzpah to present it in an intimate jewel-box theatre like the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison — and with a cast of just six performers. Read full review here.


Comic pair race 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Daily Record
May 8, 2009

Jules Verne could only speculate how small our world would become while writing "Around the World in 80 Days." Technology has rendered the Earth into a global village, with nearly every point on the planet quickly accessible by phone or travel. Read full review here.


Review by Mike Kellerman, Out in Jersey; May 4, 2009

Phileas Fogg is a proper and predictable English gentleman. He is always prompt and courteous and enjoys the comforts of strict routine. Thus the narrator assures us in director Bonnie J. Monte’s theatrical adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, and in the process sets the scene for the onset of a fantastic adventure. Read full review here.


Audience Feedback

"Around the World was great!! The writing was superb! I feel truly honored to have seen the first public performance." -SP, audience member


High adventure on the stage
by Peter Filichia/The Star-Ledger

Kevin Isola is considering getting a pedometer.

"It would be interesting to see how many miles I'll travel while doing this play," he says. "I'm not saying it would be nearly as long as the journey that Phileas Fogg and Passepartout take, but believe me, the five other cast members and I are doing a lot of running around."
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Globe-trotting adventure
Shakespeare Theatre travels 'Around the World in 80 Days'

By Kathy Shaskan
Special to the Daily Record
April 26, 2009

Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" was first published more than 130 years ago. Yet audiences still delight in the story of a well-mannered Victorian gent who accepts an outlandish bet on how quickly he can circumnavigate the globe.
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