Note: Entire Contents Copyright 2016 by Tony Annicone
Mark blocks his two superb performers on the marvelous run down apartment setting by Max Ponticelli. He keeps them in constant motion with a fast pace which makes them more interesting to the attentive audience. Emily Lewis is perfect as Frankie. She captures the essence of this waitress splendidly. She just thinks it's going to be a one night stand and isn't in it for the long haul but he has other plans. Frankie is uneducated and common and unable to understand some of Johnny's high brow words. Emily commands the stage in this enormous role, winning the hearts of an appreciative audience. Chris Perrotti also does a great job as Johnny who thinks he has found the right woman for himself after having a failed marriage with two kids. He has an unshakeable faith that they can build a stronger relationship together if she just gives it a chance. The Johnny character isn't as likeable as the Frankie character as written. However the audience roots for them to stay together as the beautiful moonlight shines on them during the first act and in this closing scene, becoming a third character ala Clair de Lune song on the radio. So for a thought provoking contemporary piece of theatre, be sure to catch "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" at 2nd Story Theatre to witness strong acting and brilliant direction.