New York | In Previews: Opens May 30

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

From 107 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Romantic, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing

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.

In Previews: Opens May 30 | Broadhurst Theatre (Midtown W)


“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

100
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Romantic, Delightful

See it if You want to see a wonderful 2 hander ! The actors are superb, they draw you in from the very first moment ! Perfect staging !

Don't see it if Only reason not to see this would be if you can’t deal with simulated sex scenes and some male nudity.

95
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if Definitely one of McNally’s best. Still surprisingly resonant many years later—-despite some dated. references.

Don't see it if Nudity and simulated intercourse, cursing bother you.

Also Audra and Michael are wonderful and seem to really enjoy working toget... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Romantic, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an older play that has not lost its meaning. Exceptional performances by McDonald and Shannon.

Don't see it if you can't handle profanity, sexual scenes and nudity. Otherwise, there is no reason not to see this excellent play.

Also Even though this is not a new play, Terrence McNally's beautiful love ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Funny, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Romantic

See it if you enjoy a beautifully crafted play with actors at the top of their game

Don't see it if You want a loud musical.

95
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy dark humor, great acting and a very thought provoking script

Don't see it if You want a light theme or a hilarious comedy

94
During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to see 2 terrific actors in a wonderful play with its quirky take on romance.

Don't see it if You have no ability to enjoy theater.

93
During previews
Romantic, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Both are similar in that they’re two-handers about sad individuals who find each other.

Don't see it if you’re looking for something light and uplifting. This is melancholic and may be too real for some people.

93
During previews
Must see, Romantic, Enchanting, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are wanting a night of excellence. Top tier performances from top tier performers. See it!

Don't see it if You want to take your children to a show. Lots of nudity, sexual content, language and other things kids won’t understand.

92
During previews
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like stories about love, and human relationships (but very little plot)

Don't see it if You want special effects, you're offended by nudity or profanity

Also Honestly, by the end, it felt like magic. The two of them are spectacu... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Wonderful chemistry and acting, Masterful

See it if you want to see two great actors who are perfectly matched give memorable performances. Play is full of true emotion, humor, and romance.

Don't see it if you do not wish to experience the intimate details of the beginning of a relationship ... including brief nudity and language

92
During previews
Cleaver and quick-witted dialogue, Great chemistry, Romantic and funny, Debussy's "clair de lune"

See it if Coworkers at an NY restaurant struggle to overcome loneliness and establish a relationship. McDonald and Shannon excellent and well matched.

Don't see it if Brief nudity, sexual language and content. You don’t want to see a two-hander with somewhat dated content.

Also Realistic portrayal of the fears and hesitations of falling in love an... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Masterful, Hilarious, Potent

See it if you would like to see two perfectly matched performers in a two-hander.

Don't see it if you're a terrible person.

91
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Raw, Astonishing

See it if two marvelous actors exquisitely directed to perform an exceptional script excites you. "Was ever a woman in this humor wooed?"

Don't see it if you expect theater to be easy to watch. Although there are many laughs the layered revelations & emotions they evoke hit home hard.

91
During previews
Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Two incredible actors portray damaged lovers at the start of their relationship. Hilarious & moving.

Don't see it if Intense story with nudity depicting a tumultuous romantic courtship.

Also Though the play itself is slightly dated, McDonald and Shannon make th... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Unusual show with two powerful actors that nail it!

Don't see it if Nudity is an issue... No kids, this is an adult show worth seeing.

91
During previews
Intelligent, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You appreciate talented actors working with a well written script, dealing with everyday people trying to find love.

Don't see it if You are looking for lofty ideas discussed by a large cast on an elaborate set. Or if naked bodies upset you.

Also As the song says "two lost souls on the highway of life". A one night ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Acting master class, great chemistry

See it if Audra & Michael are both great with vulnerable portrayals of damaged characters. Enjoyable to watch their back &forth banter & what’s unsaid

Don't see it if You want a light play or a lot of action. It’s a bit dated but realistic for its time and still strong relationship play.

90
During previews
Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You’d like to see excellent acting in a well written play. Two stars shine!

Don't see it if You’re only into light comedy or musicals. This IS theatre.

90
During previews
Masterful, Great acting

See it if Audra MacDonald is undoubtedly the most incredible actor of our time ... it’s almost indescribable how spectacular she is in this.

Don't see it if you object or are uncomfortable with nudity.

90
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Both actors mesmerize w/ luminous vulnerability. Shannon is extraordinary. To experience this production is a privilege to seize & relish.

Don't see it if You’re averse to dialogue- & character-driven plays w/ poignancy even in the pauses; prefer light & shiny facades to dark & damaged souls.

90
During previews
Smart, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if A wonderful script performed at the highest level by two outstanding actors. Loved every minute of it. Smart, poignant, funny.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about relationships.

89
During previews
Romantic, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Flawed

See it if you love seeing great actors working with great material. Michael Shannon is amazing

Don't see it if confusing sets are bothersome. Audra MacDonald has been better, but she is still an excellent actress

89
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Relationship deep dive, Chemistry

See it if You are a fan of McNally. McDonald, or Shannon. Like fresh and real performances of a well-known script. Want to think about relationships

Don't see it if You are bored with a two-hander with lots of dialogue.

Also For a first preview the production was in great shape. Also, there's r... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Provocative emotionally and intellectually, great actors

See it if writing that makes you laugh, think,squirm, think and feel performed by brilliant actors is your idea of great theatre. Unforgettable work.

Don't see it if Overtly sexual actions and language will unsettle you or if you think relationships are cookie-cutter easy. You have to listen carefully.

Also It's interesting that this late 1980s play is so relevant and "of our ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Resonant, Romantic, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see brilliant actors in a moving, resonant script about trying to connect with another human. Effective set, directing, script.

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity and sex onstage. The show doesn't hold back. But this story of a date that becomes much more is very well done.




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