Thursday, July 19, 2012
My Life at the Theater: Frankie and Johnny at the Clair De Lune
You may have seen the movie version of this with Al and Michelle. The play was much better. It needs to be small and intimate to work. One of my favorite experiences as a play-goer. We saw in 1990 at the Attic Theater in Detroit. One of Detroit's gems that slipped away.
The play was written by Terence McNally, and in this version, directed by the wonderful Lavinia Moyer, starred two local actors who are always terrific: Mary F. Bremer and David L. Regal. If two people ever lit up the stage, these two did. And neither of them were young or gorgeous. It was on the words and talent alone. It's a first date between a waitress and a cook who have been there before. It's sweaty and desperate and we fall in love with them.