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Eddy St Theatreplex - The EXIT Theatre
Between Taylor & Mason 156 Eddy St. San Francisco, CA 94102
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Siam Thai is a great place around the corner on Ellis and Mason. Yum!
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There are a few reasonably priced lots in the area, which is generally a good idea unless you get there early (before 6) because on-street parking can be tough to find when you get closer to dinner time and much of the area is known for car break-ins.
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"Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"
38 ratings
4.6 average rating
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5 reviews
2 stars
attended May 07 2009

A wonderful play performed and staged well. Kudos to all involved! A great two-character study about loneliness and connection, hopelessness and optimism, about daring to love and be loved. Nicely tuned performances, despite intermittent...continued

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23 reviews
22 stars
attended May 16 2009

I liked the production and thought the acting was very good. My gf really enjoyed the male actor. She felt he gave a much more full performance. I agree that his character carries the heart of the matter. I think this shows speaks to everyone...continued

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11 reviews
12 stars
attended May 01 2009

Ms Smith and Mr Ortega inhabit the roles of these two wounded lovers. Beautifully performed with humor, pathos and passion. Highly recommended!

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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.