“The Smartest Man in the World” is a clever premise worn thin rather quickly. A musical examining the human side of genius Albert Einstein would seem a unique idea, but this piece comes off tritely.

Alan Safier, as Einstein, tries hard to please, but saddled with a predictable script and sound-the-same music, he and the ensemble of nine more actors are not fun to watch. Well-known events in Einstein’s life, such as the Manhattan Project, are trivialized.

There are a couple of spirited numbers when the ensemble comes together: “Olympia Academy” and “Investigate” (about Einstein’s adventures with the FBI), but they are few and far between.

The Pico Playhouse is located at 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org.