Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Terrence McNally's Romantic Comedy
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Back in San Francisco for just one night after a 14-month run in New York City, this hilarious, highly personal solo show explores playwright-performer Ben Rimalower's journey of self-discovery. When his father came out of the closet and began taking drugs, Rimalower found comfort in musical theater, especially in the transportive voice and larger-than-life personality of Broadway legend Patti LuPone. With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly examines the challenges facing LGBT families while shining a light on gay men's fascination with divas. The show has garnered rave reviews from numerous luminaries of the theatre world, including Tony Kushner, Alan Cummings and Patti LuPone herself. Learn More
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This spring, the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco will host Terrence McNally’s raw, poignant comedy, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Ben Ortega of Oakland, and Cheryl Smith of San Francisco. A smash 1987 Broadway hit, the play is directed by Bay Area actress/director, Michael Haven of Richmond.
Written by one of America’s pre-eminent dramatists (Master Class, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Full Monty) Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is the hard-hitting, but ultimately redeeming romance of a waitress and a short-order cook, both on the cusp of middle age, both facing a lifetime of solitude in an anonymous purgatory called New York City. Author McNally brings Frankie and Johnny together through a sort of kismet, a cosmic kinship forged through two lives of hardship that coincide at certain key points. The only thing holding them together is Johnny’s unshakable belief that together they can build something greater. Sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious, they banter and spar their way through an evening of what may either turn out to be just another one-night stand…or the happily-ever-after ending both desperately long for, but are afraid to believe could really exist.