Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

By Terrence McNally

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 6 – 23, 2005

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $16.50 – $21.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a bittersweet comedy that combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that develops between two middle-aged “losers.” Frankie is a waitress in a New York diner, and Johnny is the relatively new short order cook. She is a failed actress who considers herself a “very simple person.” He’s an ex-con who keeps a Shakespeare collection and dictionary in his locker. No longer in the blossom of youth and hardened by life’s disappointments, they are unlikely candidates for a grand romance.

The play begins at the end of their first date, post coitus: Frankie wantsto be alone and Johnny is more interested in basking in the afterglow. Out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay, the promise of a relationship beyond a “one-night stand” emerges. Though their personal details may be unique, the problems Frankie and Johnny face are universal. Who among us has not longed for acceptance or been afraid of facing the future alone?

Frankie and Johnny, a true contemporary classic of the American theater, was recently revived on Broadway starring Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco and then Joe Pantoliano and Rosie Perez. That revival yielded a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor.

Paul J. Potenza and Ami Sallee in Jobsite's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. (Photo: Brian Smallheer.)

A small masterpiece. – Variety

Critic Reviews

The current production by Jobsite Theater works well, largely because of two tightly targeted performances. Ami Sallee Corley and Paul Potenza have ample chemistry together, but what really impresses is the relationship they have with their dramatis personae. – St. Petersburg Times

...these characters take us on a journey – and the destination is worth the ride. – Tampa Tribune

This production fully lives up to its potential. In fact, this may just be the best version of the drama local audiences can hope to see. I personally can't imagine anyone else doing it better. – Weekly Planet


Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Noreen Maier-Hartley – Stage Manager


  • Ami Sallee – Frankie
  • Paul J. Potenza – Johnny


  • Erin Dunlap – Costume Designer/ Properties
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Design
  • John Lott – Light Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic Designer

Patron Reviews

Congrats on a very well done show last night! Wonderful acting and directing. – Angela Brugger

Congratulations on an excellent show – Frankie and Johnny – [Stagesetters] loved it! – Andrea Graham

I thoroughly enjoyed the play. I thought Paul was exceptional – great job by all. – Deborah Kobritz

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