- One G-Pass to Trouble in Tahiti
- Where: Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Saturday, November 1, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, November 2, at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
- $10 for the balcony section (up to $22.85 value)
- $15 for the back of the mezzanine section (up to $36.65 value)
- $25 for the main floor sides or front mezzanine section (up to $48.25 value)
- $30 for the main floor center section (up to $63.60 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app. Discount reflects the merchant’s current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event.
Trouble in Tahiti
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. The sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking one-act opera is told through Bernstein’s haunting music, including “What a Movie,” a song the San Francisco Chronicle calls an “eloquent testament to the emotional power of music.”
Founding out the double bill is The Italian Lesson. Although Ruth Draper penned the original piece in 1925, this lauded monologue by a busy New York City society woman could easily be set in the modern era. During Lee Holby’s musical adaptation, the ever-running Mrs. Clancy relates a schedule that includes arranging after-school activities for her children, planning dinner, and welcoming a new puppy—all while studying Dante’s Inferno.
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
The soil beneath Charline McCombs Empire Theatre has nurtured the arts for more than 130 years. Following a decade when the Turner Opera House bloomed with song, the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre took root in that topsoil, becoming San Antonio’s beacon for vaudeville, theatre, and motion pictures. Designed as a European palazzo with lush draperies, a charming floral interior with gold leafing, and the most modern steel construction of its time, the Empire survived nine feet of water during the flood of 1921, but couldn’t survive the '70s. Years of gradual decline and unwanted drafts culminated in the theater finally closing its doors in 1978.
In the decades after, the painstaking restoration efforts of the Las Casas Foundation returned the luster to this downtown jewel. Today, six pounds of gold leaf couple with refinished mahogany and autumnal tones to bring warmth to every production while a copper eagle above the entrance welcomes audiences. In 1999, the venue was added to the National Register of Historic Places and still continues drawing in audiences to its intimate 856-seat interior.