Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Terrence McNally's Romantic Comedy
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
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<p> </p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>