Theatre Mirror Reviews - "FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE"

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”FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE”

Reviewed by Tony Annicone



A waitress and a short order cook are in the middle of their first date having met a few weeks ago at their job. And although both have experienced their share of life's disappointments with neither of them in the bloom of youth, However this lovable pair opens themselves up to the possibility of true love, at last. The audience first observes them making love and Johnny tries to convince Frankie that they have many things in common, including coming from Allentown, PA, calling their grandmother's Nana and having failed relationships with a past paramour. The first act sets up their relationship where Johnny wants one because he loves her but Frankie is hesitant because of a very bad relationship. Their banter back and forth keeps the interest of the audience. The second act starts off lighter with some comic moments peppered in and her one liners and put downs of him are perfectly done. Director Mark Peckham knows how to craft a well written show and this one is one more feather in his cap.

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.

"FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE (20 Oct to 20 Nov)
2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market Street, Warren, RI
1(401)847-4200 or www.2ndstorytheatre.com




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