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I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts
Love, American (musical) Style
Sunday, September 30, 2007
4.0
Theatre Decatur's mounting of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a fun, entertaining show deftly performed by 4 equally talented singer/actors. The show is delivered in several energetic mini-scenes/vignettes/songs which are humorous, insightful, and, at times, poignant. This show is not a ground-breaking piece of hight-brow theater. It's a light-hearted musical theater comedy which attempts to comment on dating, getting married, having children, and growing old. The 4 actors in this production (Amanda Shae Wilborn, Erin Lorette, Brian Porter, and John Markowski) easily slide between the many characters in the show, and each actor gets their moment to shine. Amanda Shae was hilarious when singing "Always A Bridesmaid" in an appropriately hideous green dress. John Markowski had me in stiches when he played a single prison inmate who scares a couple into marriage. Brian Porter was quite funny as a nerd wanting to be "a stud". Erin Lorette's monologue for a first dating video after a divorce was both humorous and touching. All of these actors have solid singing voices, and they sound great when they all sing together. Throughout the show, the actors not only play multiple characters and sing, they also have to move many set pieces and props as well as constantly change costumes. They work their butts off.
I wasn't thrilled with some of the lighting choices in the show. There were moments in a scene when the actors would move from a soft pink or red into a brighter white which was somewhat distracting. Also, there was a few times during the show when the off stage actors would have lines which I could not easily hear or understand where I was sitting. These are minor quibbles. Overall, it's a very good show that should be seen.

Little Shop of Horrors, by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Solid Show
Friday, September 28, 2007
4.5
Little Shop of Horrors is one of my favorite musicals. I have previously seen both good and bad productions of this show. This one, I'm happy to tell you, is quite good. In the past I've been disappointed in shows produced by the Lyric, but I had high hopes for this one, and it delivers. High energy, amazing vocals, good acting, and quality production values make this a great show.
Right out of the gate, the "urchins" smack you in the face with their amazing harmonies (whew, these girls can "sang"). The rest of the cast maintain the style and quality throughout the production. Jeff Juday's Seymour is likable and engaging. Claci Miller does a nice job with Audrey (a role which can become a somewhat annoying characature, but she makes Audrey real and believable). Robert Wayne is perfectly cast as Mushik. He never lets his character become too dour or mean spirited. But, the scene stealer is Googie Uterhardt. His confidence and ability to command the stage adds a spark to each of his "minor roles". His Orin is both disturbing and funny (a tough combination to pull off). Kudos!
Not every choice in this production was on target. I don't know why the urchins came out wearing choir robes during Suddenly Seymour. It seemed out of place. I thought that the Finale (Don't Feed the Plants) was staged a bit strangely and looked awkward. Some of the props throughout the show seemed "stagy", but overall, they didn't really detract from the show's tone or vision. So, yes...congratulations to the Lyric Theater for getting this one right.

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