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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

77
Intense, Slow, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a masterful performance or if you enjoy slow, though-provoking romances.

Don't see it if you dislike dialogue-heavy plays or sexually explicit scenes.

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Play still "connects" and is timeless in looking at two people trying to find their way. Worth seeing and hearing.

Don't see it if No desire to see an older or two- character play no matter how well done.

89
Slow, Excruciating, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if A two-hander handled perfectly. The acting and lighting are blended so well here. A beautiful piece of drama.

Don't see it if This is a slow-moving and watching a pot reach boiling point can be excruciating. You have to be in the right mood.

71
Romantic, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if The acting is great and thru character development you see how the relationship develops

Don't see it if Explicit sex scenes and at times it drags

78
Slow, Romantic, Great acting, Confusing, Dated

See it if You want to see two terrific actors in the same show. They have great chemistry, but Audra as always steals the show. She also saves it.

Don't see it if You want to see every play ever written or want some action. Nothing eventful happens. It’s all just talk. The material is outdated.

85
Resonant, Romantic, Masterful, Great acting, Clever

See it if Love Audra McDonald or amazing plays or acting. Wonderful two person show that gives a maturity to broadway

Don't see it if do not like nudity. Not a mature audience

96
Intelligent, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You are interested in the difficulty of finding a lasting relationship. Can see a person’s desire for honesty without being hurt

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity or. Unity.

84
Riveting, Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like to see two stellar actors perform

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas

85
Intense, Romantic, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to listen to great actors on their differing approaches to love

Don't see it if you need to see or understand why Johnny loves Frankie since that's the biggest hole in the writing

83
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Funny

See it if You want to see two actors playing roles of ordinary people. Very well done.

Don't see it if Sorry..can't think of a reason why you shouldn't see It.

94
Resonant, Romantic, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if ...you enjoy plays about human connection.

Don't see it if ...you don't enjoy two-handers.

79
Slow, Romantic, Great staging, Funny, Good acting

See it if If you have not seen this play and want to check it off your list. But the actors in the play were superb and the staging was great.

Don't see it if It was worth the price I paid

69
Repetitive, Tedious, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see two excellent actors make the most out of a dated play.

Don't see it if you don't like sexually frank dialogue and situations.

Also This is a play that needs to be rethought for the "me-too" age.

78
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you enjoy psychological reflections about modern day sex, connecting and dating

Don't see it if you want something beyond a rather superficial concept of intimacy and fear thereof. You enjoy a more romantic or mature take on dating

90
Intimate, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of McNally’s beautiful writing and/or you don’t want to miss a chance to see these two fabulously talented actors.

Don't see it if You don’t want to delve into the intricacies and complexities of new love.

55
Slow, Boring, Disappointing

See it if you love Audra (and/or Michael) and need to see her in everything.

Don't see it if you like plays with action and plot, that are relevant.

89
Enchanting, Exquisite, Funny, Romantic, Great acting

See it if you want to see sophisticatedly witty acting of great actors on the simple set. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon show their talents.

Don't see it if you want to see a big production with lavish sets and many actors.

84
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you love Terrence McNally, edgy drama, want to be fully absorbed, like stories about true humanity, love Audra and Michael Shannon.

Don't see it if You dislike dramatic plays, are disturbed by aggressive/erratic behavior, are upset by the idea of a less than storybook love story.

84
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy strong actors and bittersweet stories.

Don't see it if You have problems with nudity and prefer straightforward stories that require little thinking or inference.

65
Slow, Intense, Great acting, Boring, Disappointing

See it if you like Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, realism in productions, and simple sets

Don't see it if you don't like full nudity, simulated sex, or want a show full of action

Also I saw this play Jun 4. It's 100minutes with 1 intermission.... Read more Read less

78
Romantic, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can handle nudity and great acting.

Don't see it if You’d prefer not to see nudity on stage

78
Intense, Funny, Dated, Romantic, Great acting

See it if you like Audra McDonald or Michael Shannon. Both were amazing and fully invested in both the good and the bad of the characters

Don't see it if you want an updated love story. I found the ending to be disappointing and very dated. It was very clear this was written in the 80's.

83
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Amazing cast

Don't see it if Afraid of Intimacy

78
Quirky, Slow, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love Audra McDonald or Michael Shannon. They’re very good in a script that’s just too long

Don't see it if You’re offended by nudity [it’s appropriate for this play] or if you want something fast moving

Also The play, set in one location over a short period of time, is far too ... Read more Read less

65
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like shows with just a few (2) characters; you are an Audra McDonald fan; by the way, Michael Shannon is the one who "steals the show"

Don't see it if you don't like two-act dramas that should have been one-act; if you don't like shows where the plot is somewhat repetitive


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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