Oh my! Are you ready for an evening of subterfuge and silliness? For chaos and cuddling? For harems and heroes!?
Then get your keisters over to the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and enjoy three hours of excellent entertainment (intermissions – there are 2! – included)!
While Mozart’s brazen opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio, was certainly not created to share a seat beside Agatha Christie’s novel in the 1920s aboard Orient Express, it fit quite comfortably. The set was fantastic, a train car upon the Orient Express, making its way from Istanbul to Paris. The simple side-view felt almost Wes Anderson-like, and the set details were quite intricate. The voices were miraculous. I can’t believe such things are humanly possible. The emotions were strong. The comedy was cracking. Some of it felt so bold, I was surprised it was born almost 235 years ago!
And (SPOILERS!) it ends with a message of grace and forgiveness, which is worth more than any simple “happily ever after.” In a world full of fury and frustrations (as I type, there is an endless aria of honking horns outside my window – and it’s not the supportive kind), we can all stand to learn to receive and practice a little more grace. And a little more. And a little more. And then some.
Highly recommend to anyone looking for a superb night out! In LA only through 2/19! Sneak a peek here!
Huzzah for the arts!