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Taproot previews ’80 Days’ for chamber members

Members of the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce got a sneak preview of Taproot Theatre’s “Around the World in 80 Days” on Tuesday night for the open dress rehearsal. It opens to the public tonight and runs through June 20.

Phileas Fogg (Ryan Childers), center, wagers fellow Reform Club members (played by Andrew Litzky and Bill Johns) that he can circle the globe in 80 days. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.
The Upper Crust catering provided hors d’ouevres for about 80 of our neighborhood’s business owners before the show.
Taproot is billing the show as “A madcap, cross-continental race against time packed with adventure, danger, suspense and love,” and it definitely fit the bill.
The entire audience, including us, loved the fast pace and multitudes of character shifts, costume and dialect changes (five actors play 34 characters) and the way the actors continuously jiggled in their seats to replicate sitting on a cross-continental train (looks like they got a great ab workout without leaving their seats!)