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FRANKIE AND JOHNNY ARE MARRIED

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A successful TV producer decides that staging a play will jump-start the career of his frustrated actress wife (Lisa Chess), as well as strengthen their relationship. His second mistake is to put on Terence McNally's Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, a play rife with emotional turbulence that only seems to inspire bad behavior in his male lead, Alan Rosenberg. Michael Pressman's film is a backstage comedy, set in film- and TV-oriented Los Angeles that tweaks the perceptions of acting and entertainment, all while it deconstructs itself. See, Pressman is a TV producer, playing himself here, who put on F&J in L.A. with his wife, Chess, and Rosenberg, making this a vanity production about another vanity production. Yet the exercise manages to stay mildly entertaining and not turn completely in on itself -- though cameos by real-life show-biz insiders may strain the average audience's patience. That is so L.A. The 7:30 p.m. Mon., April 18, screening will be followed by an audience discussion led by Pressman, who once studied at Carnegie Mellon. Starts Fri., April 15. Oaks (AH)

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