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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

85
Great acting, Funny, Masterful, Resonant, Clever

See it if You enjoy small, intimate plays that explore how your life's intentions don't exactly come to fruition and how to deal with where you are

Don't see it if You want to bring kids. There is full nudity, though they do their best to avoid full-frontal.

89
Touching and ric, Dated, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon are amazing together.

Don't see it if Nudity bothers you. Simple romantic love stories are not your thing.

60
Dated, Slow, Funny, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you love classic plays and the actors involved.

Don't see it if you want a really contemporary or honest grappling of some of what lives in McNally's play, which in 2019 climate struggles to seem real.

Also I love Shannon and McDonald, and they really do a lot to bring an imme... Read more Read less

72
Romantic, Great writing, Funny, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like McNally’s work and want to see two genuinely fine actors fail to take on these characters believably.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy seeing interesting failures of directing more so than acting, and how that directing weakness can disable a production.

79
Miscast physically, Fine acting, Dated, Unintentionally anti-feminist, Well-acted

See it if you want to view a heroine settle for a lunatic male. You would not want to be in the same city with Johnny, let alone the same bed.

Don't see it if you don't want to view a play that makes Taming of the Shrew look like a Betty Friedan diatribe. Entertaining nonetheless in a weird way.

80
Quirky, Great acting, Slow, Clever, Great writing

See it if you love Audra or McNally.

Don't see it if It is well-written and acted but a long evening of much the same. Could have been done at the end of the first act.

80
Romantic, Intense, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you would like the chance to see two great actors give powerful performances in one of McNally's signature plays.

Don't see it if you don't like talking plays or shows that are more dialogue heavy.

85
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great great acting in a beautifully written and well staged play. McDonald is great and Shannon spectacular.

Don't see it if need lots of action, plot twists, wizardry. The play is primarily talk between two characters - beautifully written, staged, and acted talk

91
Must see, Intense, Great acting, Naked, Raw

See it if After night of sex ,and if he wont leave and insists that you are the love of his life, at the end is it love or fear

Don't see it if Don t like nudity,discussion of sex,rape

57
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You never saw Falco and Tucci a few years back in these roles. They made stronger choices and had real chemistry.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh take on a dated classic. I mean, is it a classic? Because its a two-hander that has been done so often?

Also I saw the movie and the production with Falco and Tucci - both showed ... Read more Read less

83
Honest, Touching, Romantic, Great acting

See it if You want to see two fine actors perform the work of a deeply empathetic playwright.

Don't see it if You are opposed to full frontal nudity, you're looking for a little more spectacle, or you are a hard assed cynic.

Also The second act meanders a bit. The production doesn't feel at home in ... Read more Read less

79
Great staging, Profound, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like heavy drama and small casts. Dialogue driven show

Don't see it if If you do not like nudity or foul language or need comic relief

93
Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The dynamics between these two people is powerful and true. It’s strange enough to keep you captive and wondering.

Don't see it if Don’t see it is sex and nudity on stage make you feel uncomfortable.

87
Nicely paced, Empathy-provoking, Insightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a character study that slowly builds an interesting dynamic between complex characters portrayed by fine actors.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that eschew action and showy staging for a character study focused on two actors sharing an experience in one setting.

76
Meh...

See it if You love the 2 actors in the show

Don't see it if You are looking for depth. Not one of McNally's stronger scripts.

95
Romantic, Refreshing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of either lead actor, or if you want a break from everything so busy or political. This is a simple and beautiful show.

Don't see it if you want to see something political or a huge production.

81
Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Audra and Michael are amazing actors and they really suck you in to the words.

Don't see it if you have problems with nudity. You see a lot. I also don't know why but was left wondering if he was supposed to be autistic?

80
Enchanting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if great theater performance in a affecting romantic drama

Don't see it if it's long and could have been just one act but so romantic

91
Romantic, Resonant, Great writing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy love stories. Great acting

Don't see it if you don't like love stories

60
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like a drama that deals with 2 incompatible people and their quirks- and can sit thru it for 2 hours-parts are funny-actors great

Don't see it if you expect a love story-more than just 2 people getting on each others nerves and still are romantic ??

85
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon -- they're phenomenal!

Don't see it if scenes of harassment and aggression bother you -- there are problematic elements to this play, and it certainly does not age well.

90
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if McDonald and Shannon are amazing. The play explore human connection, our desire for it and compulsion to push intimacy away.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity onstage or you are going to be disappointed that McDonald does not sign.

86
Riveting, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love these two great actors, you're looking for a reason to believe that love is possible.

Don't see it if You don't like two-handers or plays about love.

85
Resonant, Emotional, Romantic, Intense, Funny

See it if you like strong dramas with a solid two-person cast. If you've ever felt lonely and thought you'd always be alone

Don't see it if you're a prude

55
Raunchy, Intense, Disappointing, Slow, Romantic

See it if you like slow moving dissections on relationships that feature quirky characters and real world stakes (and you like Michael Shannon)

Don't see it if you are bored by slow moving, indulgent plays with actors that don't feel balanced (Audra who is normally amazing felt a little one note)


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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