Around the World in 80 Days Starts This Weekend at The Playhouse

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Stephen Alan Carver, Rick Reischman, and Lisa March. Photography by Mike Hardy.

Stephen Alan Carver, Rick Reischman, and Lisa March. Photography by Mike Hardy.

The Long Beach Playhouse is taking audiences on the journey of a lifetime with their production of Around the World in 80 Days. Playing to their great strengths in set design and costuming, Phileas Fogg’s fast paced romp will be a visual delight. And, paired with the well-known directorial skills of Gregory Cohen and five talented actors, this production of Jules Verne’s classic tale will be a pure delight.

Gregory Cohen is a longtime favorite of Playhouse audiences, both as a director and as an actor. Andrew Vonderschmitt and Greg got together to talk about the production.

Andrew Vonderschmitt (AV): First, thank you for serving as our director for this show. What about this script appealed to you?

Greg Cohen (GC): I’m a man of passion, I think you know that. Three of my biggest passions are travel, technology, and silliness. They are the essence of Around the World in 80 Days. It was a perfect fit.

It was the industrial revolution – technology. Things were changing all over the world – travel. Jules Verne, a creative genius, created an eccentric Englishman wagering that he could break the record for circumnavigating the globe in less than 3 months – silliness!

AV: What do you think Verne was trying to tell us?

(GC): Be curious, be adventurous. He talks about the benefits of travel and new people and then brilliantly takes us from place to place to illustrate the excitement.

It was written in 1873. Before the industrial revolution, only the very adventurous and very wealthy could actually make such a trip. Suddenly transportation opened up all over the world and taking an around-the-world trip wasn’t so impossible, but still very exotic.

AV: What do you want us to know about your approach to this story as a director?

(GC): Mark Brown took that classic tale and totally amped it up it with puns, slapstick, and ridiculous characterizations. Our goal is nearly as impossible as that of Mr. Fogg’s – we look to populate all of the Earth’s cultures and citizens with only 5 actors.

AV: Final words?

(GC): These actors have kept me in stitches for weeks. I thank them for their work and talent. And I thank the audience for coming, because they are who we do this for.

Around the World Special Events and Discount Nights

  • Pay what you can Thursday April 7- community can see this production for whatever they can afford
  • Two for One Preview Friday April 8 – Tickets are $10
  • Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on April 9- Tickets are $27.00

Around the World opens on April 9 and runs through May 7. Tickets are available at, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1. Friday: Adults are $20.00, Seniors $18, and Students $14. Saturday and Sunday: Adults are $24, Seniors $21, and Students $14.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course.

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