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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)


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

Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A story of obsession and inter love. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon are explosive and outstanding. A must see play.

Don't see it if nudity and sexual language is a problem. I set and two characters if you need more this is not the show.

Slow, Confusing, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see two great actors interact in a very intimate way and explore their relationship.

Don't see it if You don’t like nudity or very personal and delicate issues.

Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Romantic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a well-written 2-hander performed by pros. Didn't know the work before but it worked for me.

Don't see it if you're looking for flying sets, large casts and lots of action. This is small and intimate and intense. Mmmmm

Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A great play brought to life by two sensational actors. Two damaged souls trying to connect.

Don't see it if You want lots of action...this is a talky play with substance.

Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Great acting

See it if Great chemistry between the two actors. Great dialogue with believable pathos about the difficult beginnings of relationships. Both superb.

Don't see it if you want to hear Audra McDonald sing; can't take nudity on stage; hate plays that don't have fast moving plots and are about relationships

Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if Terrence McNally combined with Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon are a hit and tour de force!

Don't see it if If you don’t like brilliance!

Must see, Masterful, Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to experience greatness in acting and a masterful script. There is true chemistry between Audra and Michael. Not to be missed.

Don't see it if You dislike intense dramas, nudity, sexual references and profanity. Not a light walk in the woods.

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

Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great acting in a very good play. The struggle to connect is beautifully played.

Don't see it if Intimacy (physical and emotional) on stage is uncomfortable for you.

Also Act 1 is borderline creepy in these #metoo times, but through the brav... Read more Read less

Resonant, Romantic, Relevant, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to see superb performances in a hopeful and sentimental play

Don't see it if You are a pessimist. Nudity is unacceptable to you.

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

Perfect for our overly touchy times, Two socially clumsy people click, Subtleties abound

See it if You understand subtleties & want to see 2 characters learn to cope w their flaws. Nothing creepy here at all.

Don't see it if You need trigger warnings before reading troubling classics or can't deal w real life. This play is about klutzes learning to cope.

Also I saw the 1987 production w Kathy Bates & F. Murray Abraham; this prod... Read more Read less

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

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.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you're ready to a 2-character drama confined in small space. Can be uncomfortable at times. It's a good play.

Don't see it if you prefer something more light-hearted. This is certainly not very entertaining. A bit overbearing and tiresome back and forth

Intelligent, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated, Absorbing

See it if You are fans of Audra McDonald or Michael Shannon . . . who isn't?

Don't see it if You enjoy theatres that are packed.

Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in a play about two middle-aged persons trying to connect in spite of their accumulated psychological baggage.

Don't see it if you do not like plays about only two nonglamorous characters playing out their insecurities and frustrations.

Resonant, Insightful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be absorbed by the great acting of Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon as the tell the story of lonely lovers trying to survive.

Don't see it if you do not like plays that are about romance and relationships that struggle with past hurt and sorrow.

Also The dialogue is sharp, crisp, and natural and the emotions are raw, ri... Read more Read less

Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A very focused drama with one setting, intense dialogue, not light entertainment.

Don't see it if You are expecting it to be like the movie [it isn't], find the tight setting and focused dialogue between two characters too stifling.

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

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in people trying to make a connection and the walls we surround ourselves with that make this connecting difficult.

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

Profound, Romantic, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You: like great acting & writing; are a McNally fan; love emotionally absorbing theatre & riveting characters who exist in real time onstage

Don't see it if You: dislike romances; prefer plot driven shows, light comedies or musicals; are not a fan of these two actors; dislike two handers.

Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Like good acting The show was fantastic I was honored to see Audra Mcdonald and Michael Shannon.The performance was engaging and funny.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it Great show

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if To see powerhouse actors give such rich performances, a riveting play that still stands the rest of time, beautiful love story

Don't see it if Looking for something over the top, this play is quiet but beautiful, don’t go if you are looking for glam, this play is subtle

Profound, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see two masterful actors in a beautifully written play.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or don't like plays about relationships with just two characters.

Also The play is beautifully written...almost poetic at times. Two criticis... 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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