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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Romantic

About the show

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Tony and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon bring new life to the bruised dreamers of Terrence McNally's timely and timeless romance. More…

Director Arin Arbus, in her Broadway debut, directs this portrait of a lonely waitress  and a short order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand – and maybe more.


Member Reviews (418)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Romantic

66
Disappointing, Dull, Great acting, Dated

See it if u want to hear the well-written dialogue of McNally delivered by the always-compelling McDonald & Shannon as broken mid-age potential lovers

Don't see it if you want to see a socially conscious play that befits the current #metoo climate; you are uncomfortable with nudity & simulated sex.

Also Like the current revival of Burn This, it is becoming increasingly har... Read more Read less

65
Relevant, Dated, Problematic, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon perform on stage, which they do wonderfully, regardless of how problematic the play is.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that comes off as, at best, tone-deaf, and at worst, harmful, in the #MeToo era.

65
Outdated, Great acting

See it if You love a two person play with great acting

Don't see it if You are expecting this piece to with stand the test of time

Also I’m a little disappointed that the powers that be brought this play ba... Read more Read less

60
Labored, No charisma, Dated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You love McNally. He chose this cast and approved the production. You dont mind odd timing.

Don't see it if You dont like nudity when the actors are self conscious and coy. Deadly. Slow. Gaps in dialogue. Boring silences not building tension.

Also Shannon made the dialog seem particularly off putting. His almost dead... Read more Read less

69
Unusual casting parining of audra mcdoland with micheal shannon, interesting character study, and naked bodies exposed

See it if you are curious to see what a 6 time Tony Award winner looks like naked. I admit it. I was and I'm Gay. NO curiosity to see Shannon naked.

Don't see it if you were hoping for some new revelation to the meat of McNally's play because there isn't any. It's total STUNT CASTING - doesn't work!!

60
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a solidly performed two-hander. You like tension but don't particularly care about intrigue paying off.

Don't see it if Dislike plays that simply feel like wish-fallfilment from their authors. Have a low tolerance for red herrings.

Also "The first play I wrote after I got sober was “Frankie and Johnny.” It... Read more Read less

69
Great staging, Disappointing, Slow, Nudity, Good acting

See it if you’re a fan of Audra McDonald or Michael Shannon.

Don't see it if you don’t like nudity on stage.

69
Romantic, Profound, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if a very well-acted two hander performed by two great stage actors.

Don't see it if you want a more exciting or action-driven show. This is a dialogue-driven show with two characters and one setting.

68
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Dated

See it if You want to see a classic 80s play. You love Audra.

Don't see it if You might be triggered by a man refusing to leave a woman’s apartment and generally behaving like a freak

Also Acting : fantastic ... Read more Read less

60
Miscast, Dated, Slow, Great acting

See it if You love the play and absolutely need to see Audra and Michael on stage in everything.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play with a real plot or one with a lot of action.

Also Despite great acting from the two stars, I just didn't enjoy this show... Read more Read less

55
Slow, Overrated, Banal, Weird

See it if you set a summer goal to see anything and everything on Broadway.

Don't see it if you get bored easily. You have an issue with nudity, simulated sex and sexual discussions.

Also While Shannon and McDonald both looked/played the part of misfits who ... Read more Read less

51
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a miscast long version of Frankie and Johnny.

Don't see it if You value your time to sit thru a miscast play. All of the boxes are checked and no one is doing anything wrong but the production is dull.

Also This is a play about two losers who find love. You need to root for th... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if If you are a fan of the actors and want to see a dysfunctional couple

Don't see it if If you want a fast paced show that keeps you entertained the whole time

Also The show was just ok for me. It was slow and I couldn’t really connect... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great staging, Funny

See it if You want to see Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon who are good actors. It was funny at times.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a slow show.

65
Dated, Edgy, Slow, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see stars on stage.

Don't see it if you're offended by nudity.

Also I found the casting to be off or else the direction wasn't clearly def... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Audra McDonald; if you like seeing naked people on stage; If you like plays without much plot where people talk a lot .

Don't see it if You like actors with chemistry; if you'd rather hear Audra ing; you like plays with a plot

55
Slow, Boring, Disappointing

See it if you love Audra (and/or Michael) and need to see her in everything.

Don't see it if you like plays with action and plot, that are relevant.

65
Slow, Intense, Great acting, Boring, Disappointing

See it if you like Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, realism in productions, and simple sets

Don't see it if you don't like full nudity, simulated sex, or want a show full of action

Also I saw this play Jun 4. It's 100minutes with 1 intermission.... Read more Read less

69
Repetitive, Tedious, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see two excellent actors make the most out of a dated play.

Don't see it if you don't like sexually frank dialogue and situations.

Also This is a play that needs to be rethought for the "me-too" age.

65
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like shows with just a few (2) characters; you are an Audra McDonald fan; by the way, Michael Shannon is the one who "steals the show"

Don't see it if you don't like two-act dramas that should have been one-act; if you don't like shows where the plot is somewhat repetitive

60
Dated, Slow, Funny, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you love classic plays and the actors involved.

Don't see it if you want a really contemporary or honest grappling of some of what lives in McNally's play, which in 2019 climate struggles to seem real.

Also I love Shannon and McDonald, and they really do a lot to bring an imme... Read more Read less

55
Draggy, Slow, Overrated

See it if You like to see a 2 person play You are intrigued by nudity on stage You like the actors

Don't see it if You are looking for any kind of meaningful message You are looking to CONNECT - because there really is no connection You want fast pace

Also I really wanted to and thought I'd like this show and I tried. I felt ... Read more Read less

57
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You never saw Falco and Tucci a few years back in these roles. They made stronger choices and had real chemistry.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh take on a dated classic. I mean, is it a classic? Because its a two-hander that has been done so often?

Also I saw the movie and the production with Falco and Tucci - both showed ... Read more Read less

60
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like a drama that deals with 2 incompatible people and their quirks- and can sit thru it for 2 hours-parts are funny-actors great

Don't see it if you expect a love story-more than just 2 people getting on each others nerves and still are romantic ??

64
Intense, Overrated, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if You like great actors stretching past their comfort zones, and plays that address thorny issues of sex and love

Don't see it if You're made uncomfortable by nudity, raw sexuality and the message that No can mean Yes


May 30th, 2019
"Time has been good to 'Frankie and Johnny.' Its sentimentality hasn’t curdled the way it has in some of Mr. McNally’s many other plays...The obvious overstretching of the plot to fill two acts doesn’t matter as the play’s bigger mysteries click into place. What begins as a basic inquiry into the...
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May 30th, 2019
"When Johnny refuses to leave Frankie’s apartment, the creepiness factor is hard to avoid, especially since Shannon has used his lanky frame and craggy face to convey menace so successfully in the past. But for more than two hours, these highly gifted actors—directed by Arin Arbus, and beautifull...
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May 30th, 2019
"While McDonald and Shannon are both fun to watch, their turbulent chemistry alone doesn’t sustain McNally’s somewhat overstretched play...There’s also, for all the play’s wisecracking, just something not quite enjoyable in the way 'Frankie & Johnny' romanticizes a man pushing and pushing until h...
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May 30th, 2019
"It could be argued that the casting is not ideal...And yet, the brilliant actors make it work. McDonald superbly conveys her character's cynicism through world-weary body language and vocal inflections. And Shannon unveils his formidable, and too rarely seen, comic talents to hilarious effect; h...
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