Frank, funny and undeniably romantic, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune follows a cook and a waitress as they search for their happy-ever-after. Two lonely, middle-aged people meet at work; after six weeks they muster up the courage to go on a date which ends with them tumbling into bed. Open-hearted Johnny is convinced he's met his destiny and declares his love for Frankie, but she just wants to be alone with her nightly ritual of watching television and eating ice cream. She asks him to leave, he refuses to go.
Both characters have been bruised and toughened by life, but as the moonlit night unfolds, the incessant talker Johnny makes heartfelt attempts to tear down Frankie's armour. Can they live without each other when the new day begins? This provocative comedy drama is a touching, modern fairytale for midlife lovers.
“Part of the play's appeal is that it focuses on two ordinary people.” Deborah Hadley who plays Frankie, has enjoyed bringing the characters to life: “They're in dead end jobs, they're not much to look at, but they're survivors who after dealing with everything life has thrown at them, still have the strength, humour and optimism to carry on in the hope of finding a happy ending.”
REVIEW: Theatre to make you think: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
4-Nov-17 by robz ·
Whatever happened to serious theatre? By that I don’t mean plays without jokes, but writing with depth that leaves you thinking and searching for answers the next day.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Terrence McNally‘s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at the SPACE in Ilfracombe. Now here I have to confess to being a director of the venue, but apart from that I had no involvement with the production. So, as I took my seat for the performance, I knew as much or as little as any of the other 50 or so people in the room.
Over the following two hours, Deborah Hadley and Neil Timothy, who masterminded the production with assistance from Jay Moore, lured us into the lives of two lonely, middle-aged co-workers in New York in what is described as a ‘modern fairytale for midlife lovers’. I also have to confess to not being a fan of the British attempting American accents – probably due to too many phoney drawls which fail Radio 4 dramas – but, getting over my prejudice, Debbie and Neil convinced us that we really were across the Atlantic in a lonely apartment in the middle of a big city in the early hours of the morning.