I had a mom-and-son date recently to the Omaha Community Playhouse to see “Around The World in 80 Days.” It was my 7-year-old’s first time seeing a production there. Fun, right?
Thanks to Omaha Community Playhouse for providing the review tickets in order for me to write this post!
What to expect:
– This is the live staged version of Jules Verne’s classic. A lot of language is antiquated and British terms that may be over kids’ heads.
– Lots of fun characters, all played by a small cast. My son was amused by Ben Beck and Monty Eich, in particular, who took on so many random roles throughout the around-the-world journey of Phileas Fogg (played by Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek). Granted, some reminded me a bit of
– Creative sets. The characters trek across the world by steamer, train and elephant. I think the elephant was the most creative piece of the set!
Timing a potty break
There is an intermission, but the first half is very long. I recommend going to the bathroom before taking your seat before the show starts.
Is it kid-friendly?
Yes and no. This show is a lengthy theatrical production – 2 and 1/2 hours with intermission. It’s appropriate for the seasoned theater-going child who is used to a lot of dialogue. I would not consider bringing both kids to this; my 7-year-old has been going to shows for years and I knew he’d be fine sitting through it. I just didn’t know if he’d be interested). He was! There was a lot of humor in the show that made my son laugh aloud, even louder than some of the older folks there. The running gag about the detective’s fake name (“It’s Detect…Um Ah Figs”) was comedic gold to him.
It is not children’s theater, that’s for sure. The audience was majority adults, with me being on the younger side of the crowd.
Is it grownup-friendly?
I thought it was a clever production. Director Carl Beck did a great job encouraging the cast to infuse humor into situations that could easily have been done dryly. Even though I knew how it would end, I was still right there engaged to the very end rooting for Fogg.
What was it about again?
If you want to go
“Around the World in 80 Days”
When: Through Feb. 12; performances are Wednesdays through Sundays
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.
Cost: Tickets are $36 for adults and $22 for students (Thursdays – Sundays) and $28 for adults and $18 for students (Wednesdays). A limited number of tickets are available at half price after noon the day of the performance at the Box Office (cash or check only). Discounted tickets are available for Wednesday performances only at $28 for adults and $18 for students. Purchase online here.