Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti by Pacific Opera Project at Santa Monica Playhouse
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Jamaica, Farewell returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse after successful runs all over the world. Debra Ehrhardt's solo show is based on a mostly true story about her journey to the U.S. from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s of the Manley era. When Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. She decides to squeeze through the pinhole of opportunity with the help of this love-struck American. Her way out of Jamaica is blocked by many obstacles: an alcoholic father, a Bible-spouting mother, the price of airfare, and U.S. government suspicions. Nevertheless, she begins a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness becomes blurred as she grows more desperate. When she agrees to smuggle a million dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent becomes her unwitting accomplice. Every part is played by NAACP Award winner Ehrhardt, an actress capable of amazing mimicry. This one-woman caper's got generous dollops of humor, laughter and light. Jamaica, Farewell has been optioned for film by a major Hollywood producer. Learn More
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I did not care for the music of Trouble in Tahiti; however the singers/actors were teriffic and I am looking forward to the Pacific Opera events coming up in September. The Pacific Opera company does a great job. I loved the preview they did of West Side Story prior to the performance of Trouble in Tahiti. What fun.
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- See cast bios at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pacificoperaproject.com/#!tahiti-cast">Pacific Opera Project website</a>.
Pacific Opera Project presents a drama straight from the '50s by the composer of West Side Story. Trouble in Tahiti presents a day in the life of Sam and Dinah, an everycouple who live in a little white house in Anytown, USA. Their seemingly wonderful life — real solid silver, wine in the soup, two-door sedan and convertible coupe — hides the real truth of Sam's egomania, Dinah's depression, and the seething contempt in their relationship. there's lots of "trouble" and a little "Tahiti." Bernstein, who wrote the lyrics and the music, masterfully weaves a score filled with both laughter and heartfelt emotion.
Experience fabulous costumes, dancing, and an intimate cast of five incredibly talented artists. A pre-show revue of Bernstein's most popular Broadway melodies will get each performance started before the main act.