The Century, Tryst By Tryst

Michael LaChiusa scores with a musical version of La Ronde

Ignored or used as a sex pillow by her uptight husband, fed up with nights at the opera among his colleagues and days of packing trunks for his business trips, a '50s housewife lapses into reverie. In her mind and in apparent actuality on stage, she slips his embrace, walks to the mirror and sees another woman. They look, smile, touch and ultimately dance a stately, sensual ballroom swirl of self-discovery.

In the next scene the same husband is aboard the Titanic, ardently seducing a cheeky lad from steerage who points out that the ship has become "tilty." In the scene...

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