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See 'Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir'

Stat! There are only three performances left.


We loved Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir—La Jolla Playhouse’s cabaret-style show now playing at Martinis in Hillcrest.

Set in Greenwich Village circa 1958, the story follows a gay bartender/singer Sam Bendrix who gives his last performance at the Bon Soir, on the night before he leaves New York City for good.

Luke MacFarlane (best known for his role on ABC’s Brothers and Sisters) plays Sam. He is charming, funny, vulnerable, and super-swoon-worthy.

That the production takes place in an actual bar, in the closest place San Diego has to a Greenwich Village, is part of the Playhouse’s Without Walls program. Artistic Director Christopher Ashley says this type of site-specific work is all the rage in Europe, and San Diego is at the forefront of this new wave of experimental theater that’s random and out in the open. (Click here for our full interview with Ashley, from the November 2012 issue of San Diego Magazine.)

Cocktails and theater? You had us at “hello.”

Expect standards from the American songbook, interspersed with Sam’s tales of New York: the fifth-floor walk-up apartment that rests on a 45-degree angle, the great job that never was, and the trials of finding and losing love.

Through it all, you’ll remember that heartbreak is universal. And for those who heart NY, like we do, you’ll reminisce about your days in that same fifth-floor walk-up on a 45-degree angle in the Village. Ah, New York and a love story. Somehow the two go hand-in-hand.

Note: There are only three performances left (October 15, 16, 17), so don’t dillydally in getting tickets! For more info, contact La Jolla Playhouse

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