Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce “gnocchi.” Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal to see Trouble in Tahiti presented by Pacific Opera Project at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. For $20, you get two tickets for general-admission seating (up to a $50 value); doors open one hour before the show. Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 14, at 5 p.m.
- Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m.<p>
From Leonard Bernstein, the composer of West Side Story, comes another musical slice of 1950s Americana set to jazzy lyrics and show tunes. Although Sam and Dinah may have a happy household façade with a convertible coupe in the garage, real silver in the kitchen, and a white picket fence surrounding it all, their troubled marriage festers behind it. Sam’s egomania presses upon Dinah’s depression, amplifying it and bringing their relationship to a boil. In a story with both laughs and sorrows, the couple––played by Phil Meyer and mezzo-soprano Jessica Mamey––share their angst and their hopes through Bernstein’s infectious melodies.
The Pacific Opera Project staged Trouble in Tahiti last year to sold-out crowds. With a preshow review of Bernstein’s most popular Broadway tunes, the company extends the short, one-act production into a 75-minute complete performance. As artistic director Josh Shaw told the Los Angeles Times, the production is meant to show that “opera isn’t always Mozart and Puccini.”
The cast’s rich operatic voices swoon inside the clean, Spanish Colonial Revival style of the Miles Memorial Playhouse. Built in 1929, the building is a City of Santa Monica landmark and eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places if it can pass its final test of defeating the Empire State Building in a wrestling match.