Arts and Entertainment
Around the World in 80 Days, CenterStage
Published: September 22, 2010
CenterStage brought a clever reworking of Jules Verne’s 1873 novel by Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company to Baltimore this season. And the sets by Jacqueline and Richard Penrod allowed the audience to join in the characters’ sense of wonder as they went from one exotic locale to another. It was inspired by British military-campaign furniture, trunks that would turn into tables or beds Transformer-style. In a similar manner, the stage transformed to reveal a boat or a sled or an elephant as needed. The set was framed by shelves with books and knickknacks, creating the sense that the play was part of a huge curio cabinet. The level of detail was astounding and added much to an already delightful night of theater.