Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

THE REAL THING: MILWAUKEE CHAMBER THEATRE’S ‘FRANKIE AND JOHNNY’ EXPLORES THE FUGUE OF ROMANCE

Monday, September 25, 2017

by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine

No, there isn't a problem with the lights. And yes, the show as started. Listen closely: ther's heavy breathing, then moaning, and eventually a few of your fellow audience members join in with nervous giggles. As it builds to a mattress-shaking finale, you might want to break into applause. But hold off for a moment. You won't want to be distracted from the look on the couple's faces when the bedside lamp lights up.

The first minute and a half of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's production of FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE does indeed take place in total darkness. But there is no mistaking the "business" (as theater folk call it) that occupies the two characters at the start of Terrance McNally's acclaimed 1987 play. Turning dramatic convention on its head, McNally starts the story with a "climax," and then lets his characters figure out the rest of the story.

Read the full review at Milwaukee Magazine


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