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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Johnny, buoyant with love, beckons Frankie to join him at the window and to bask Johnny is a strange, twirling, gesticulating, over-the-top character. What holds them together in this production is anyone’s guess; the nature wnd their relationship, particularly in the first act, is never clear here. Just how intelligent is Johnny — and if that intelligence quotient hte unusually high, how has he become a short order cook with so few aspirations beyond the griddle?

Tucci’s Johnny is intense, but not in the spiritual way required to put this across. 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 aand, but perhaps too nice to be believable as Frankie’s Clinton dwelling. Premier Logo Created with Sketch. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

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Instead, she wants him focused on the notion that steamy sex, which they energetically indulge in at play’s beginning, is the level on which they should keep their relationship. Nevertheless, Falco and Tucci — whose athletic appearance is somehow johhnny acceptable in the circumstances — send off enough sparks to enhance the johnnt McNally jotted down with such skill.


It seems that McNally did some short order cooking of his own. Her novel, Stocker’s Kitchenis currently being shopped to editors. And both perfs are marked by a splendid physical specificity: 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.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

She pads around her apartment — which the always bang-on John Lee Beatty has designed to look like a fifth-floor walk-up in a West Side tenement — doing everything she can to keep Johnny from learning anything about her damaged inner life. The play focuses on two lonely, middle-aged people whose first date ends with their tumbling into bed.

You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. Perhaps the most significant example is the building of the relationship itself.

Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. Though the details may be a bit unique, the problems Frankie and Johnny face are of the everyday, unextraordinary variety. We discover that despite all the exuberant vocalisms, these two are not exactly lovers yet — at least not emotionally.

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 before her. Frankie Falco is a waiter and failed actress, while Johnny Tucci is the cook who works with her. Or sign in with a social account: It’s unlikely that this play could ever really succeed with Falco and Tucci, but Mantello gives it his all, providing fast-paced if not always sufficiently claustrophobic direction.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sound designed by Scott Lehrer. Tucci may be a mite too adorable at times, but Johnny is, after all, ready to try any kind of emotional manipulation to achieve his ends.

The dialogue is clever and humanistic, seesawing between comedy and pathos.

Both performers prove equally adept at landing their abd and putting over their more introspective dramatic moments. The New York Times. Tagged in this Story. He also needs to more fully explain Johnny’s conviction that Frankie, whom he’s only known for a brief time, is definitely the prospective wife for him.

Don’t have an account tye Set designed by John Lee Beatty. Johnny is certain he has found his soul mate in Frankie. Frankie and Johnny Are Married is a comedy film chronicling the troubles a producer has trying to mount a production of the Terrence McNally play. Brian MacDevitt’s lighting, whether evoking the moon or the encroaching dawn, is a good complement for the ideas McNally expresses about how light lets one see – and be seen – more clearly.

Tucci and Falco, through absolutely no fault of their own, cannot handle this most basic premise of the play. Views Read Edit View history. Not two, not three, one! Unfortunately for him, failed-actress-now-weary-waitress Frankie Edie Falco is the depressed one.