David Galligan's revival of Leonard Bernstein's 1952 chamber musical, "Trouble in Tahiti," is a pleasure from beginning to end.
The beginning and the end aren't 60 minutes apart, but who's counting? The length is appropriate for the ambitions of the piece; just don't enter the Skylight Theatre expecting an epic.
The show's structure is simple --in seven scenes, we examine a day in the life of a suburban couple. The only other performers on stage are three doo-wah singers. It's a jazzy, witty, streamlined "Scenes From a Marriage."
The couple is deeply depressed, but the show is neither deep nor depressing. Instead, it's a bittersweet little zinger aimed at '50s domestic complacency. The husband is more of a caricature than the wife, but it wouldn't be surprising to see either of them in a New Yorker cartoon. A few of Bernstein's lyrics veer close to pretense, but his music remains fresh and fun after all these years.