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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

From 418 member  reviews
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)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Romantic

Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Dated, Cliched

See it if you like the actors and don't mind seeing them wasted on horribly dated, misogynistic, creepy material.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that has literally any relevance in 2019. You'll be triggered by a would-be stalker portrayed as a hopeless romantic.

Excruciating, Raunchy, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if The actors were great. If you like a show with only two performers this is for you

Don't see it if If you do not like slow slow moving scripts. The play dragged on and on. No matter how good the actors were it was still painful

Boring, Slow, Excruciating, Banal, Cliched

See it if if you liked it previously

Don't see it if or Don't if you liked it previously - these two bring Nothing New and are Not fun to watch at all

Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you like an exhaustive and pathetic look at relationships and human brokenness. Ugh. Depressing, not romantic.

Don't see it if you are expecting a love story. It is NOT.

Raunchy, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy a two hour dialogue, with an attempt at humor during some points.

Don't see it if You don’t want to fall asleep during an expensive performance.

Also It is NOT appropriate for children at all, but I didn’t see that anywh... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you love Audra McDonald NO MATTER WHAT.

Don't see it if you are the least bit tired.

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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Cast & Creatives (4)