|Around the World In 80 Days|
|Oct 5th, 2012 - Nov 18th, 2012|
|Scenic and Prop Design by Michael McKeon|
|Kamena Aouda||Kaja Amado Dunn|
|Understudy||Patrick J. Duffy|
|Phileas Fogg||Lance Arthur Smith|
|Inspector Fix||Jon Lorenz|
|Lighting Design||Nathan Peirson|
|Technical Director||Brendan Farley|
|Costume Design||Jeanne Reith|
|Sound Design||Deborah Gilmour Smyth|
|Stage Manager||Maria Mangiavellano|
|"True to his name, Phileas Fogg is one mystifying character — a quietly genial but highly by-the-book gentleman of leisure who not only has no family but little discernible interest in other human beings whatsoever. Lance Arthur Smith plays him with such delicious precision and offhand valiance, though, that you wind up rooting for him through every plot contrivance.
His Fogg is like a savant of nonchalance, and in that way Smith matches up beautifully with the marvelous Bryan Barbarin as the excitable, passionate French valet Passepartout, who tries to mimic his boss’ cool demeanor but can’t hide his excitement at the exotic sights along the way.
They’re on this journey because Fogg has made a bet that he can circumnavigate the globe in a bit over 11 weeks. One complication: The police Inspector Fix (an archly funny Jon Lorenz, doing winning work) has got it in his head that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England.
Fix’s dogged pursuit waylays the travelers, but their troubles become worthwhile for Fogg when he rescues the persecuted young Indian widow Kamana Aouda (Kaja Amado Dunn) and finally finds some human connection. Dunn is pretty wonderful in the part with an especially impressive accent.
Strong supporting-cast work by Jesse Abeel, Brian Rickel, John Rosen and Caitie Grady also puts comic lift in this modest yarn, one that might not tax the brain but still tickles the heart."
|- Jim Hebert ( San Diego Union Tribune )|
|"I have been dying for a vacation and seeing AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS satisfied my desire! In this classic adventure story by Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg (Lance Smith) of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout (Bryan Barbarin) attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a large wager (equal to millions these days) The whole cast was wonderful. A great adventure!"|
|- ( Art Rocks 247 )|
|"It’s no easy task to stage a journey around the world but director Robert Smyth and his ultra-talented cast of eight succeed!"|
|- Jenni Prisk ( Center Stage, Actors Alliance of San Diegoc )|
|"Jules Verne’s stories are all about imagination, so it seems fitting that Lamb’s Players production of Laura Eason’s adaption of “Around The World In 80 Days” sports the most ingenious staging ever from a company that routinely offers clever design.
You know the story: Phileas Fogg plays whist with his friends the same way he lives his life – by the clock. One day in 1872, he asserts that progress has been such that one could circumnavigate the globe in 80 days.
His buddies at the London club are sure he’s crazy and bet 20,000 pounds (around $2 million in today’s money) that he can’t do it. Fogg, an extremely precise man, takes that bet.
There probably isn’t a person over 20 who doesn’t know how this story ends, but in this case it’s the journey that counts, and thanks to sprightly direction, a terrific cast and a crack design team, “Around The World In 80 Days” is a winner on all counts. Don’t miss it! "
|- Jean Lowerison ( SDGLN )|
|"Jules Verne’s story, Around the World in 80 Days, has been dismissed as an adventure tale aimed at boys, but it has proven to hold appeal for audiences of all ages. That appeal continues as Lamb’s Players Theatre mounts the West Coast premiere of Laura Eason’s adaptation of the novel.
The characterizations leap off the stage under Robert Smyth’s taut and fast-paced direction. There’s Phineas Fogg (Lance Arthur Smith), a bachelor whose life is so regimented that his whist buddies at the Reform Club jump at the chance to bet him that he can’t circumnavigate the globe in the time allotted. There’s Passepartout (a buoyant Bryan Barbarin in a role tailor-made for his talents), Fogg’s new manservant and former circus performer. There’s Kamana Aouda (Kaja Amado Dunn), a widow who Fogg rescues from being thrown on the funeral pyre of her dead husband. And there’s Inspector Fix (Jon Lorenz), who’s after a bank bandit who fits Fogg’s description. An ensemble consisting of Jesse Abeel, John Rosen, Brian Rickel, and Caitie Grady provide equal parts energy to the secondary roles.
Jeanne Barnes Reith does her usual fine job of creative costumes that look great on the actors. Deborah Gilmour Smyth worked with composer Kevin O’Donnell to create effective scene change music. And choreographer, April Henry, does a bang-up job with the circus scenes that feature Passepartout returning to his former profession. Going to one place and seeing versions of sights that one might encounter on a round-the-world trip is perhaps as fun as visiting similar sights on the Las Vegas Strip. And, it’s a heck of a lot less expensive."
|- Bill Eadie ( SanDiegoStory.com )|
|"What makes the Lamb's production so very special is the fact that regardless of the means of transportation it’s the imagination that drives this adventure. It's a whimsical, playful and clever romp, both different and smart!"|
|- Carol Davis ( Examiner.com )|
|"Director Robert Smyth has a splendid ensemble at his disposal, an impressively malleable cast of eight who create dozens of characters, in Jeanne Reith’s superb, culture-crossing costumes. The accents change as swiftly as the clothes, and that’s one of the production’s greatest delights!"|
|- Pat Launer ( Jazz88 )|