Johnny, a new short-order cook in a Manhattan diner, goes home with Frankie, a waitress. Johnny does everything he can to turn a one-night stand into the. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE. By Dany Margolies | July 10, PM. Playwright Terrence McNally does “small” with the best of them. 28 Oct WHEN we first meet the title characters of Terrence McNally’s provocative new play, ”Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” they are.

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To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy. Tagged in this Story. Johnny, a short order cook, is in jognny physical condition; but Frankie, a waitress, is frumpy, fat, and emotionally defined by her unattractiveness johnnh role was created by Kathy Bates. Thus fades the essential core of McNally’s play, and with it, all hopes of this production making much sense.

The performers had an extended period of nudity in the first act.

Though the details may be a bit unique, the problems Frankie and Johnny face are of the everyday, unextraordinary variety. How much of a stir? That’s just about the time when Johnny, buoyant with love, beckons Frankie to join him at the window and to bask courtesy of Brian MacDevitt’s lighting design in the clair de lune. Tucci and Falco speak the words, are living in the moment, and spend every minute of the play’s running time doing absolutely nothing wrong.

When Johnny finally figures out a way to have Frankie relent and allow him to stay over for what’s left of the night, the victory makes sense. As played by Falco and Tucci, these two are so commandingly charismatic, so sane and funny and essentially strong-willed, that their emotional baggage could really fit in a carry-on.

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Advertise About Tips Contact Us. McNally brings Frankie and Johnny together through a sort of kismet, a cosmic kinship forged through two lives of hardship that coincided at certain key points.

As the night unfolds, they slowly begin to reveal themselves to each other as they take tentative steps towards the possible start of a new relationship.

If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters. List of Tony Award Winners” playbill. His hands are rarely still as he goes about making points he hopes will convince the object of his affectation that her big chance stands erect annd her.

Negotiations begin, and Johnny is nothing if not a tough negotiator. Johnny is a strange, twirling, gesticulating, johjny character.

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Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Set designed by John Lee Beatty.

Falco provides no sense of wanting or needing anything more, so the reason Johnny persists is not present. By clicking ‘X’ or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune: ‘potent’

What holds them together in this production is anyone’s guess; the nature of their relationship, particularly in the first act, is never clear here. Although Johnny insists he’s in love with every aspect of Frankie’s body, he also admits during a phone call to a classical music deejay that neither he or she are perfect specimens. Or sign in with a social account: Johnny, buoyant with love, beckons Frankie to join him at the window and to bask Falco comes across as sophisticated and almost refined, an intelligent, thoughtful woman, ckair the opposite of Frankie, while Tucci oozes self-confidence from every pore.


Frankie Falco is a dd and failed actress, while Johnny Tucci is the cook who works with her.

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Still, they are unable to provide the play what Frankie and Johnny themselves need so desperately: Frankie seems to want little more from Johnny than a one-night stand, and Johnny spends almost the entire act attempting to convince her they can have more than that. Since the amorous twosome is stripped naked a couple of times, McNally might have stripped them a little more emotionally naked. Appropriate for 16 years of age and older.

And both perfs are marked by a splendid physical specificity: However, MacDevitt’s lights shine all too clearly on a production that is not at all well served by the actors performing it.

John Lee Beatty’s Manhattan apartment set is very well designed, but perhaps too nice to be believable as Frankie’s Clinton dwelling. Her novel, Stocker’s Kitchenis currently being shopped to editors.