Phantoms and fantasy

By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 28, 2010

He and Jeff Kazin get to be girls in most of the numbers. They sit hunched over in hoodies watching Nic Petry and Amber Sloan swoop around to a Rodgers & Hammerstein waltz, where ballroom romance turns into a barefoot softshoe. Then they unzip their hoodies and their jeans to reveal black sequined costumes: tap shoes and a boat-necked mini-dress with dainty puffed shoulders for Parker, a halter-top jumpsuit and pink pointe shoes for Kazin. They dance a deranged pas de deux, then settle down to reminisce about their stifled suburban childhoods in Lynnfield and Waltham, respectively, and their professional relationship of 20 years.

Both of them can belt out a Broadway tune, but the intimate cabaret atmosphere makes their show-biz fakery seem very sincere, especially when they announce their incompatible plans for "An Old Fashioned Wedding." Besides that, they make their way through amiable songs and tap routines that include Rosemary Clooney & Vera Ellen's "Sisters," from White Christmas. The show offered a medley of Debbie Reynolds songs by David Parker's younger brother Daniel, and a faithful reconstruction by Nic Petry of Debbie's "All I do the whole night through is dream of you," from Singin' in the Rain. Petry was delectable, and Parker and Kazin played the rest of the tab chorus.

David Parker dedicated the performance to his father, the crime writer Robert B. Parker, who died last spring.

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