Frankie and Johnny: Two Character Romance at Greenhouse Theater Center
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The last date listed for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune was Friday December 31, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Dianna D.
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First of all - anyone who looks at the poster for this show and doesn't expect there to at least be SOME sexual situations needs to have their head examined.
That being said, yes, the actors are completely nude for the opening scene, and yes, they are having sex (the characters, at least). They are shielded by the bed sheets about 95% of the time, so if nudity or sexual situations aren't your cup of tea, you should pass on this one.
If, however, seeing 2 average people with their expectations and emotions rawly laid out on the table for you IS your cup of tea, then PLEASE try and see this show before it closes.
In the spirit of full dislosure, I am very good friends with the actor playing Johnny - however, I also have some very high expectations based on a wonderful experience I had with a production of "Frankie & Johnny" from my college years. That being said, I may have been friends with 50% of the cast, but they had some huge shoes to fill.
F&J is at it's core completely about love. ANd not fancy, romantic, fairy-tale love, but honest, scary and lonely love. Desperate love. You have a feeling that if these two don't end up with each other, they may never end up with anyone for the rest of their sad lives.
While I won't spoil the ending, I will defintely say it's one of the rawest performances I've seen this year. Dennis Frymire (Johnny) completely embraces the role of Johnny, and Patricia Savieo's portrayal of the fractured Frankie is just incredible.
Don't miss this show.
The setting is a walk-up apartment on Manhattan’s West Side where, as the curtain rises, Frankie (a waitress) and Johnny (a short-order cook who works in the same restaurant) are discovered in bed. It is their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job, and Frankie is hopeful that Johnny will now put on his clothes and depart, so she can return to her usual routine of watching TV and eating ice cream. But Johnny, a compulsive talker (and romantic), has other ideas. He is convinced that he loves Frankie, a notion that she, at first, considers to be ridiculous. She has had more disappointments than delights in life, and he is the veteran of one broken marriage already. And neither of them is in the bloom of youth.