Parnicky does a bang-up job as the shy lover. On the Kellogg-Friedman love ballads her voice is stellar. Parnicky demands attention whenever she’s on stage, and has comic chops she shows off in a mirror sequence with Molina that neatly recalls the unforgettable one Lucille Ball and Harpo Marx executed on I Love Lucy back in that day.
“As Susanna, Sarah Parnicky exudes the petite spunkiness of a Disney princess, and sings quite prettily in both her semi-patter songs and fairly melodic ballads.”
“Playing straight in their romantic roles, Peter Saide and Sarah Parnicky both sing beautifully and add to the fun with their honest commitment to the absurdity surrounding them...Parnicky’s “What Is This Feeling” is surprisingly contemporary and relatable, as she contemplates her plans versus her feelings...If you’ll forgive another Rodgers and Hammerstein reference: if Fraulein Maria had had a solo to figure out her feelings, this would have probably been it.”
“When you only have six voices to carry a musical, they had better be strong, and these are. When Sarah Parnicky first sings, she offers up a crisp, clear sound that, while supported by wonderful musicians, sounds almost a capella in its glassy fragility.”
“The new production is blessed to have Sarah Parnicky, another charmer with a gorgeous voice, to play the nun who’s bound to end up in the handsome Sheriff’s arms.”
“Peter Saide’s stoic sheriff’s almost Jean Val Jean-like sense of integrity plays well off Sarah Parnicky’s fickle nun, with the voice and visage of an angel, whose character acts as the Mary Tyler Moore-esque straight woman for all of the crazy characters to play off.”
“Sister Mary Jo/Susanna (the suitably blonde and demure Parnicky, in an impressive Off Broadway debut) makes a bargain with the corrupt, power-hungry Governor...Parnicky’s star turn comes in “What Is this Feeling?” a tender love ballad (she is falling for the kind, smart, and handsome Sheriff) in which the stunned novitiate finds it impossible to speak the word “love.” Susanna wonders, “Could it be that word?””