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March 23, 2019
Review: Chick Flick

Four women gather to drink wine and share confidences.  Meeting periodically, they share share films, personal triumphs and heartbreak.  Although women are independent and strong, they will always support one another. This clichéd premise epitomizes the Off- Broadway musical "Chick Flick."

The four performers are talented and some of the original music is quite clever.  Ditzy Sheila (Lindsay Nicole Chambers) is always seeking romance and finding it, even if it isn't really there.  Carla Duren plays Meg, a successful entrepreneur, who is hanging onto an unfaithful boyfriend and later she sings a lovely song called “Its Over” after she realizes she should move on. Two college friends, Dawn (Megan Sikora) and Karen (Sharon Catherine Brown) regret their life choices and envy each other, presenting a clever song entitled “Subtext.”

 The best elements of the show are the movie references. The women play a game as they liberally sprinkle famous movie lines into their conversations.  Who can identify the quote soonest?  (I got some of them!)  In one of the best songs, the three women refer to movies when they have to make decisions.  They sing “WWMD“ (What would Meryl Streep do? as they discuss her movies.  Another creative aspect is the assorted (60 or more) movie posters which decorated the curtain around the stage.  Derived from famous posters but without the names of the moves and the actors, most of the movies were clearly recognizable. It was fun naming movies including “Pretty Woman,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Kramer vs. Kramer,” among others.

Despite some strengths, the musical is trivial and derivative, and the characters are increasingly predictable. Why do some small Off-Broadway shows work, when “Chick Flick,” with book, music and lyrics by Suzy Conn, and directed by David Ruttura, is weak.  Maybe it’s because we’ve met these characters before and the show offers nothing new or remarkable

There are classic movies that audiences watch over and over again. We love the characters, boo at their adversaries, and cheer for their triumphs.  Sadly, we don’t feel that way with the women in “Chick Flick.”  They drink and sing and when the show concludes, we are ready to go home and watch our favorite movie.

Chick Flick the Musical played at the Westside Theatre.

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Written by: Elyse Trevers
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