Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Lonely hearts grope for connection in magical 'Frankie and Johnny'

Saturday, September 23, 2017

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sex is easy. Intimacy is harder.

So playwright Terrence McNally suggests in FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE, now receiving a terrific staging in a just-opened Milwaukee Chamber Theatre production directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr.

Even before the lights come up on coworkers Frankie (Marcella Kearns) and Johnny (Todd Denning) - he's slinging hash in the kitchen and she's serving it up as a waitress - the rising crescendo of ecstasy on stage makes clear that this first date features epic sex. But what happens next, after all the shouting?

With Johnny in the room, it won't be the sound of silence. His motormouth runs a mile a minute as he tries to persuade Frankie that they could have more together than a one-night stand.

Read the full review at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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