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‘Frankie and Johnny’ review: More than skin is bared in tender revival

His-and-her nudity is front and center in “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” — but this rom-dram’s success isn’t measured in flesh alone. Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon both bare their bodies and their feelings as Frankie, a guarded waitress, and Johnny, a pushy cook in the same greasy spoon, whose one-night stand could lead to more. So exposed are they that the revival that opened Thursday should be rated X-hilarating. Terrence McNally’s 1987 play begins with dimly lit, noisy, gymnastic sex. Post-boink, she throws on a robe, he pulls on boxers, and they get to know each other. He comes on freakishly strong, praising her every which way, including her private parts. He assumes they’re an instant couple, but s ...