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!)

83
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see powerhouse performances by Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. Interested in plays about 2 ppl trying to form a connection

Don't see it if You want more action. This is 140 minutes of dialogue btwn 2 people. Want a play with a full cast. You get offended by conversations of sex

83
During previews
Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like small plays that are character driven.

Don't see it if You like big shows that are plot driven.

Also Lovely performances by both Shannon and McDonald. A enjoyable night of... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy stories about ordinary people trying to make emotional & affectionate connections. Michael Shannon & Audra McDonald are great.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals to a straight play. If you don't want to see a play with no real action or plot don't see this play.

82
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You like great acting

Don't see it if You think Audra might sing.

82
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A dynamite cast plays the harmonious and discordant music of this play about love, damage, and tenuous bonds between people.

Don't see it if If two handers are not your cuppa tea, this may not be for you

82
During previews
Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love the two leads and intimate shows

Don't see it if you're looking for more of relevant impact or a show with lots of action

82
During previews
Delightful

See it if You love Terrence McNALLY and or the actors.

Don't see it if You want spectacle. A 2 character play isn’t enough.

Also I think the play holds up. Great to hear this dialogue spoken by 2 act... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Funny, Dated, Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You believe sex can lead to romance. See if you want to see two stars in the moonlight.

Don't see it if Explicit sex talk, profanity or barely visible, brief nudity is offensive to you

81
During previews
A modern classic that would show its age a lot more were it not for two unique performances headlining it

See it if you've never seen the play. It's a good one to see once. Also if you're a fan of either of these two sensational actors.

Don't see it if you've seen the last few Broadway productions and felt like you got your fill, in spite of fresh new takes on the roles.

Also This is a very good play, but I didn't know if it was one that absolut... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Romantic, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Master class in acting from brilliant team of McDonald and Shannon in beautifully written but overlong play about damaged people connecting

Don't see it if It’s two hander with great dialogue but the script is long and could be trimmed - would be better in more tightened one act no intermission

80
During previews
Indulgent, Dated, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you want to see two absolute masters of their craft go head to head. McDonald and Shannon are fierce, funny, and stellar.

Don't see it if you’re over the trope of a man not taking no for an answer as “romantic.” This is an excellent production of a show not worth reviving.

Also This was more naked than I expected?

80
During previews
Thoughtful, Slow, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if Powerful and simple story of two unlikely people connecting-powerful and intelligent performances by both actors

Don't see it if This is a play where the drama exists between the lines--nothing happens--a relationship builds slowly and poignantly.

80
During previews
Romantic, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if well acted dysfunctional relationship played out by 2 lonely people.

Don't see it if you cannot deal with an overbearing romance is not something you can sit through

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Cliched, Banal

See it if Believe that you can be given one chance to change your life and you must to use it or will never have another. Good chemistry on stage

Don't see it if Too realistic and pragmatic, no place for romance in your life, sex imitation makes your uncomfortable, creepy behaviour gives chill not fun

80
During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Dated, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Great acting by both actors, absorbing, though play became repetitive and dated.

Don't see it if Brief nudity, bad language, and frank conversation about sexuality..didn't love the play, repetitive, but acting fantastic .

79
During previews
Romantic, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like quiet dramas with interesting characters.

Don't see it if You are expecting Audra to sing.

79
During previews
Resonant, Cliched, Slow, Dated, Great acting

See it if You want to see A good play performed well (and I’m not usually a big fan of them).

Don't see it if You can’t relate to something written in another era. Many will call this ‘problematic’ when it wasn’t at the time.

79
During previews
Great acting, Funny

See it if you like 2 character plays. The acting is great. I had seen the show years ago and it stands up to today's world.

Don't see it if conversation between two people does not interest you.

79
During previews
Melancholy, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if A gentle story of two people figuring out how to love another, and whether it's even worth it. The two actors are as wonderful as you expect

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced or something that feels particularly fresh.

79
During previews
Dated, Raunchy, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy human condition shows. It isn’t avant-garde or unrealistic. Instead it’s a public view into the private moments of two strangers.

Don't see it if you want a show that reflects what is publicly accepted as politically correct when it comes to a woman saying no.

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see great acting on stage, or want to see an apparently simple story about how complicated interactions between 2 people can be.

Don't see it if You don't like nudity, need a lot of action in your plays, don't enjoy plays with only 2 characters essentially just talking.

79
During previews
Great acting

See it if You like Michael & Audra. Funny and romantic. Superior acting. Well staged. Good set. Two lonely hearts connect.

Don't see it if Lots of sexual references & intercourse scenes disturb you. Play repetitious, but you won’t be bored!!

78
During previews
Awkward, Riveting, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if Great acting is enough reason to see a show. ..You are OK with characters that are simultaneously uncomfortable and entertaining.

Don't see it if You are seeking out a true theatrical masterpiece. ..are not OK with sex and nudity. ..think it's a sweet, romantic or lighthearted piece .

Also Johnny is reminiscent of the character in Sarah McLachlan's song Posse... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Raunchy, Edgy, Funny

See it if Play reflects a one night stand between two co-workers, It's intense and funny in parts. Some scenes may be raunchy for your tastes.

Don't see it if If you don't care for adult drama with sex scenes and nudity., this is a play to avoid. SOme funny moments and I feel it true to life.

78
During previews
Romantic, Banal, Dated, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see Shannon and his dark weirdness paired perfectly with McDonald. Great chemistry, great acting. Good first act. Funny moments

Don't see it if u want dialogue heavy insight into odd relationships. First act was entertaining but I was bored by the 2nd. 80s message got a bit worn out




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