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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

From 349 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 (349)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Romantic
82
Avg Score

During previews
85
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are interested in very real, down to earth characters who are in search of love & companionship.

Don't see it if You do not like slow action drama or do not rely on dialogue to draw out the characters in a show.

During previews
50
Banal, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if If you like nudity, vulgar humor, forced subtext

Don't see it if There is explicit nudity in this show, a LOT of language, and an offensive so-called "love story" that is actually a woman being pressured

Also I am not a prude, nor am I offended easily, but this play was so disap... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Nuanced acting

See it if If you love nuanced acting

Don't see it if If you love special effects

During previews
87
Masterful, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You have been scorned, have a wall around your emotions and have a crack in that wall. See it if you believe in the possibilities of love.

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity and suggested sex. Don’t see it if you are emotionally stuck.

During previews
88
Insipid, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You love great acting with touches of humor too.

Don't see it if You don't like any nudity or sex.

During previews
95
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A fantastic show with fund acting by McDonald and Shannon. A must see with brisk dialogue.

Don't see it if If you like big musicals and large casts and costumes.

During previews
65
Raw-ish, Funny, Intimate, Star actors

See it if You love the lead actors (was worth it just to see them work together), earned comic moments & hyper realism (almost to a boring fault).

Don't see it if You can’t afford great seats. The show is dry &!boring cause it’s super realistic (still great at moments). No Zzz’s but my mind did wander.

During previews
95
Intense, Romantic, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd like to have a revelation about human connections through McDonald and Shannon's absolutely fantastic performance

Don't see it if You are taking kids under 13 to the show, as there will be nudity and explicit language

Also The romantic plotline in the play itself is a bit weird at times, and ... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Riveting, Romantic, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like exquisite acting. The acting is on point. It goes from funny to romantic to screaming. The writing is beautiful.

Don't see it if you don't like to see any nudity as there is some in this play however it is not gratuitous.

During previews
94
Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a very down-to-earth, honest portrayal of the fears, challenges and outright believing in a new relationship.

Don't see it if you dislike witty banter, believable acting and charisma between amazing actors.

During previews
100
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Well written characters brought to life by excellent acting!

Don't see it if Nudity/language

During previews
98
Must see, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy plays about deep relationships

Don't see it if If straight theatre bores you

During previews
69
Disappointing, Great acting, Funny, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like great acting.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a long show. You get offended by some nudity.

Also The play could have used some editing - some of the dialogue was redun... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you love Audra McDonald NO MATTER WHAT.

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

During previews
93
Must see, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon are terrific actors with great chemistry together in this timeless love story.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with on stage nudity and strong language this show is not for you.

During previews
94
Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You're interested in something nuanced with complex questions! Seeing two masters of the stage delve into what it means to connect

Don't see it if You require a large amount of spectacle to appreciate a show or if you don't like thinking in the theater or if you need a fast-paced plot

During previews
97
Funny, Romantic, Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are mesmerized by incredible performances and interested in beautiful nuanced conversation about what it means to "connect".

Don't see it if you dislike great comic dramas with remarkable acting and Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon.

During previews
100
Riveting, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if You want to see two of the best actors onstage anywhere on planet earth. Performances that will stay with you for weeks afterwards.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to dramas about tough relationship situations or turned off by some (mildly) graphic language and nudity.

During previews
97
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You believe in love, and understand how many nuanced challenges that brings.

Don't see it if You hate GREAT theatre.

During previews
95
Romantic, Funny, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two beautiful, radiant performances. Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald have crafted incredibly detailed characters.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to become emotionally invested in a burgeoning relationship.

During previews
96
Thought-provoking, Must see, Delightful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy watching two powerhouse actors at the top of their game. If you've ever attempted to find meaning in a romantic relationship.

Don't see it if You don't feel comfortable with nudity or being challenged.

During previews
76
Dated, Absorbing

See it if If you haven’t seen it!

Don't see it if If you saw it once before, it’s updated but old.

During previews
80
Romantic, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to cry

Don't see it if You want to cry

During previews
61
Slow, Great acting

See it if If you want to see 2 great actors that unfortunately have no chemistry.

Don't see it if You don't like to see simulated sex or nudity.


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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