Adam and Eve on a Raft

Life's perfect moments sometimes announce themselves in small and subtle ways. If you're an underpaid, middle-aged waitress, like the heroine of Terrence McNally's play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, winding up in bed with a co-worker in your crappy little Hell's Kitchen walk-up might feel like the raw end of a one-night stand. But what if he sees it as the beginning of something more? Nothing can harsh your mellow like somebody trying to have a perfect moment when you just want him to go home and let you get on with your misery. Also, he's looking at you in the light. Ew.

Though the show premièred in 1987, its awkward, bristling romance is a story that seems to never stop happening. This time around, Tim Shawver directs for Nearly Naked Theatre. Curtain time at Phoenix Theatre.

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Feb. 23. Continues through March 9, 2013