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The Delightful Four At Urban Stages Winter Rhythms

The Delightful Four At Urban Stages Winter Rhythms
Covid and Fauci, Masks that pinch on my ear
Im still here
Binging on Netflix, locked in my house for a year
But Im here
Baked sour dough bread, watched it rise
Ate chips and cookies, chilli fries 
Saw my figure disappear
But Im here

Kea Chan (54 Below and Green Room 42), Mollie Downes (National tour Chicago) Jennifer Noble (Broadway’s King Kong) and Sarah Parnicky (Award winning Desperate Measures) were delightful, telling their stories about surviving COVID. Starting off with a parody of Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here” From Follies, the quartet made the most of Craig Horsley’s new lyrics.

Got Unemployment $300 a week
and I’m here.
Lived in my jammies, thought that my sweatpants were chic
and I’m here.
Drank lots of vino red my choice
Sang in the shower to keep my voice
Did I support the front line crews? Bet your rear.
Each night at seven I’d cheer
and I’m here.
Sarah Parnicky, Kea Chan, Mollie Downes, Jennifer Noble

First up was Mollie Downes who brought country back to New York with Adele’s “One and Only”.

Sarah Parnicky sang a gorgeous controlled version of “Somewhere” from West Side Story, reminding us the Spielberg version is here.

Sarah Parnicky,Mollie Downes, Kea Chan, Jennifer Noble

Kea Chan missing her family in the Philippine sang a heartfelt “Home” from The Wiz. This girl has a sexuality to her that is both innocent and provocative.

Kea Chan

Back together, the girls thanked the audience for being a friend. These Four have chemistry and a likability.

Jennifer Noble who is the face of Chicago brought back Barbara Cooks “Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me. As her high notes thrilled accompanist John DiPinto showed his skill as he had on the other songs as well. What a wonderful accompanist.

Kea Chan was back taking us to church with “You Raise Me Up.”.

Jennifer Noble just got married, so to let the audience know how she felt, showed off her belting side with Jason Robert Brown’s “Good-Bye Until Tomorrow” from The Last 5 Years.

Sarah Parnicky during COVID went to Wala Wala were the dating scene was limited. Her take on “Dream A Little Dream” made me wonder why this song and why this key?

As Mollie Downes began the show, so she ended the piece with Cabaret.

Letting the audience know again that to have them back in the theatre meant everything to them Four sang “What I Did For Love” into a reprise of “Thank-You For Being A Friend,” making us happy we were a part off this evening.

Four has some really good moments. Acting could be improved upon, as well as some song choices, but these Four women have chemistry and with more song selections, this could be a longer running show.

Sarah Parnicky, Kea Chan, Mollie Downes, Jennifer Noble

Vincent Scott (Urban Stages A Charmed Life) directed Four which was conceived by Urban Stages Board member Craig Horsley.

Four: Urban Stages Winter Rhythms December 16th.

Due to being sick I reviewed this show through video.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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