February 9, 2005
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
By James Reed
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie this Valentines
Day, just remember: You don't score bonus points by taking your sweetie
to a sports bar to watch the Super Bowl victory in slow-motion reruns.
If all you need is love, you have plenty of musical options this weekend
and on Monday. A few highlights:
A cursory listen to If I Loved You, the title track from the
debut album by local cabaret champions Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan,
coyly suggests that its singers are saccharine enough to give you cavities.
But then they sing Stephen Sondheims The Little Things You
Do Together, and suddenly they're hip to love in all its deliciously
dark glory. Its things like using force together/ Shouting
till youre hoarse together/ Getting a divorce together/ That make
perfect relationships, they sing back and forth over the plink-plank
of a playful piano. They're a fine match. Carrey and McMillan have been
singing together for the past three years, often complementing each other
with their distinct styles. Carrey sounds plucked straight from a Broadway
musical, while McMillan radiates warmth best suited to martinis and a
dimmer switch. On Saturday, February 12th, they play an intimate Valentines
Day show about loves many permutations.
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