Or perhaps you could widen your horizons, much as
That's the challenge facing audiences attending this play, which opened last weekend at the Commonweal. "Around the World in 80 Days," adapted by
For him, the clash of cultures involved customs, costumes and modes of transportation. For the audience, the world might seem equally upside down when the "Dragnet" theme pops up with the appearance of a detective, or when "Walk Like an Egyptian," complete with '80s choreography, is heard as Fogg reaches the
The cast deals with the dancing with as much dignity and dexterity as possible. More importantly, the actors create characters who are believable, and tell a story that we become caught up in.
The cast really hits its stride in the dead-on satire of America as Fogg races across the country. That racing is part of what makes this a story of adventure and suspense -- a tale that one suspects could be trusted to entertain audiences without the assistance of the Bangles and "Kung Fu Fighting."
But then, we wouldn't be challenged to do what Fogg did: throw tradition aside and expand our horizons.
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