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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But Falco is looking pretty good — not as ludicrously lovely as Michelle Pfeiffer did in the movie adaptation, but not so unshapely that, the instant she rises from bed, much of her resistance to Johnny is implicitly understood.

Locations New York City. His hands are rarely still as he goes about making points lund hopes will convince the object of his affectation that her big chance stands erect before her.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune – Variety

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. When Johnny backs off, she thaws a crankie. Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, ftankie and more. 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.

They’re middle aged, of no great physical attractiveness, and both, having been hurt in their past relationships, are looking for something they can’t exactly identify. Falco is a natural for this no-nonsense character, her urban accent slicing off snippets of dialogue with crisp precision.

The New York Times. Lighting designed by Brian MacDevitt. Kenneth Welsh played the part of Johnny in the Stage I production. 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. 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.


Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune: A Play – Terrence McNally – Google Books

Nevertheless, Falco and Tucci — whose athletic appearance is somehow more acceptable in the circumstances — send off enough sparks to enhance the two-hander McNally jotted down with such skill. Those who saw Kathy Bates in the original production will likely agree with this criticism. The two are in her one-room walk-up apartment in the west side of New York City.

Falco throws herself into the lovemaking, which, incidentally, elicits both sincere and nervous audience laughter; she also throws herself into Frankie’s darker moods. Premier Logo Created with Sketch.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town. Juliet Wittman August 24, 5: Set designed by John Lee Beatty. In short, Falco and Tucci do absolutely everything they can with roles in which they have simply been miscast.

When Johnny calls the radio station to request the most beautiful music ever written, Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” courtesy of Scott Lehrer’s smooth sound design almost immediately floats onto the night air. Appropriate for 16 years of age and older. Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM.

Tucci and Falco belong on the New York stage, and one can only hope that, after their run here is over, they will not stay away long. Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. Frankie is ready to withdraw back into her comfortable cocoon of emotional reticence; she wants him out, five minutes ago.

For more information, call or go to vintagetheatre. John Lee Beatty’s Manhattan apartment set is very well designed, but perhaps too nice to be believable as Frankie’s Clinton dwelling.


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Who among us has not longed for acceptance, been afraid of facing the future alone, or not wanted all the details of our pasts to become known at inopportune times? Costumes designed by Laura Bauer.

The Humans Makes for an Unsatisfying Night at What is gained in verisimilitude in depicting post-coital intimacy onstage, it could be argued, is lost in audience distraction. He starts with a cute joke since, in the old torch song from which he purloins his title, Johnny was Frankie’s man but he was doing her wrong.

Both of them are past their mid-forties, both are lonely, both have had difficult lives. Advertise About Tips Contact Us.

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 nohnny Johnny from learning anything about her damaged inner life.

What holds them together in this production is anyone’s guess; jonny nature of their relationship, particularly in the first act, is never clear here. Joan Marcus Where McNally goes wrong is in his second act, which remains, as it was when the play was first produced, something of a replay of the first act.

Edie Falco, like Tucci, is becoming recognized and respected on stage, johhny well as line movies and television, as someone who can’t hit a false note. Juliet Wittman is an investigative reporter and critic with a passion for theater, literature, social justice and food.