Around the world in Eighty Days is a hit



This Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey production is superb. 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.

Mr. Phileas Fogg, played with dry English elegance by Robert Krakovski, becomes involved in an argument regarding a newspaper article that claims that, with the opening of a new Indian railroad, it is possible to travel around the globe in eighty days.