Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

A One Night Stand and Something More

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express

Two people in 1987 engage in a one-night stand that might be something more in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's presentation of Terrence McNally's FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE.

Marcella Kearns is beautifully, brutally open and engaging as Frankie; she's an aspiring teacher somewhere in the vicinity of her 40s who has brought home a cook from the place where she works. Todd Denning has a fractured charm in the role of the cook - a guy somewhere in the vicinity of his 40s named Johnny who risks losing everything in hopes of having something. He's passionately embracing his experience with her in a way that makes her uncomfortable. They fight. They hold each other. There's injury and lovemaking. They'll work it out. They might not be in one piece when it's all over, but they'll work it out.

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