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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

From 347 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 (347)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

80
Great acting, Adult

See it if Intense man decides he's in love w a lonely woman he barely knows and tries to convince her despite her hesitations and explicitly saying No

Don't see it if Relentless man steamrolling after a woman is triggering: ignores her consent. Nudity, sex scene, or full male and female nudity offends you.

Also Diversity: Black female lead in a two person show.... Read more Read less

38
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.

75
#metoo, Kinda creepy, Slow, Dated, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a master class in acting from two stage legends; you can overlook the dated idea of romance; you liked the original

Don't see it if you think that a man who refuses to leave when asked repeatedly isn't romantic; your sensibilities on consent have entered the 21st century

Also Yeah, Audra and Michael are both excellent in this production. But the... Read more Read less

82
Masterful, Quirky, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to see two actors that are great have sex on broadway. The things two strangers have in common is incredible. Loved the small world

Don't see it if You do not like sex or mature subject matter

80
Raunchy, Too long, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you love Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, who are both wonderful! This is not top drawer McNally, but there are some great moments.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity. Also, this is not for anyone who is impatient. The play is too long and too slow.

75
Dated, Too long, Great acting

See it if if you're a fan of the brilliant actors or of the playwright.

Don't see it if if you find the way a character is written is very annoying.

Also I think that when the play was written. the male lead's dialogue may h... Read more Read less

95
Two of our greatest actors bring one of our greatest writer's greatest plays to perfect, human, heartbreaking life., Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if When youth is almost gone, sex may be easy but the work of actually making a relationship is hard. This play brings that hard truth to life

Don't see it if If you have no interest in a touching human story of two all too human souls reaching for a real connection one last time, then not for you

74
Dated, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see two excellent actors work with meh material. Story slightly dated and thin.

Don't see it if you don't want to see graphic sex and nudity.

77
Lune out of tune

See it if Love the stars and would follow them off a cliff. Broadway is always an exciting event.

Don't see it if Front orchestra or bust.

Also This is such an intimate play that the experience will be severely com... Read more Read less

79
Raunchy, Dated, Great acting

See it if you want to see two actors give amazing performances. Audra alone is worth seeing. She delivers a very nuanced performance.

Don't see it if you do not like nudity or a graphic sex scene. There is lots of language inappropriate for youth. This is NOT a family show.

85
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great acting, Funny

See it if You are interested in One-nite stand story of a couple connecting in a sizzling &emotional awkward wayFan of Audra&Michael. Great chemistry

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with nudity. Not a fan of Terrence McNally. You expect Audra to sing

Also Was very surprised that theater had many many empty seats with such a ... 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

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

86
Intense, Quirky, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Wonderful actors who bring their characters to life and make them believable. A great way to spend an evening.

Don't see it if Nudity and profanity upset you. In other words, if you are a prude.

75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if You want to see two great actors giving a subdued and very real performance. It is easy to relate to, but a little slow.

Don't see it if You like a lot of action, or want a set that makes sense.

83
Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are an Audra fanatic or want to see what the controversy is about

Don't see it if you are a prude or are looking for a classic work of art

85
Slow, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of the actors and/or playwright.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with plays that contain nudity.

90
Great staging, Must see, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two actors at the top of their game absolutely deliver stellar performances.

Don't see it if Nudity, cursing or vulgar speech bothers you.

Also I went in to Frankie & Johnny not knowing anything about this play and... 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, [badly] simulated sex (McDonald sounded like a dying moose) and sexual discussions.

Also While Shannon and McDonald both looked the part (e.g. misfits), the sh... Read more Read less

80
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You love two of our greatest stage performers go at it with nothing in the way. It seems an odd couple, but that is kind of the point.

Don't see it if Like Burn This also on Broadway this season, the play is a little dated (a man wants to be with a woman & she shouldn’t object).

72
Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see masterful acting in a two hander.

Don't see it if You don't like staged sex. You don't like dialogue-heavy plays. This is a tough watch in the me-too era. Very uncomfortable.

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be engaged in a great story, beautifully acted. Seeing Audra Mcdonald in this role is mezmerizing. A great night of theater.

Don't see it if You do not like relationship -driven story line.

85
You'll laff more than at any other comedy this season!, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Audra mcdonald & michael shannon r "over-cast" but still worth seeing

See it if 4get the 2-minute sex scene at the top of the show, this is a funny 2-hander that'll bring back memories of all your previous 1-nite-stands

Don't see it if You are a big prude (15 sec. of Michael's butt and a similar left-boob look at Audra's). Some F-bombs. Don't find low-class romance funny.

Also Playwright Terrence McNally has a real 'ear' for the way regular peopl... Read more Read less

92
Masterful, Great writing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if at look at two broken people who find a chance for love. They struggle with their ability to connect and desire to do so. Acting supreme

Don't see it if if you cant tolerate intimacy on all levels. 2 hours of exhausting dialogue. if you like light plays, though some humor. not for you

75
Strange love affair

See it if You have a warm place in your heart for Terrance McNally and the long-gone days of extraordinary Off-Broadway playwrights and their plays.

Don't see it if An intimate play in a too-large theatre with two miscast actors. Star-quality goes a long way but not the same way it needs to in order to

Also convince us Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald work in a diner or coul... Read more Read less


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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