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I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
a Musical Revue
CATEGORY : MUSICAL
by Joe DiPietro (book & lyrics) and Jimmy Roberts (music)

COMPANY : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
ID# 4444

SHOWING : March 22, 2013 - April 14, 2013

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

This musical celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that enigma known as "the relationship." Exploring the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, to the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, this hilarious revue pays tribute to those, young and old, who have loved and lost, and have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Don Farrell
Cast Laura Floyd
Cast Erin Meadows
Cast Craig Waldrip
Cast Jeremy Wood
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REVIEWS

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No Change Required
by playgoer
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
4.0
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" relies on recognition of common behavior for its popularity. The intention is to have one member of the audience nudge another and say "that's you!" at various points in the show, as relationships are examined from first meeting to old age. Some may call this "common behavior." Others will call it stereotypes. It's a scattershot approach to the material, and it's a testament to the enduring popularity of this show as to how much of the material "sticks."

Stage Door Players has cast the musical revue with a quartet of strong-voiced, attractive actors. Laura Floyd, Erin Meadows, Craig Waldrip, and Jeremy Wood are all top-notch performers, and they do a wonderful job of projecting their songs and lines to the largely older audiences subscribing to Stage Door Players' season. It was a bit comical after the show to see audience members walking with the same measured shuffle Ms. Floyd and Mr. Waldrip had used in a late scene, portraying widowed seniors meeting at a funeral. That scene and one of Ms. Meadows taping a dating service video were my favorite moments in the show. Mr. Wood, while not appearing in either of these scenes, held his own throughout.

The set design by Chuck Welcome is a bit problematic in this production. The Stage Door Players auditorium has seating on two adjacent sides of the rectangular room, with only a few seats angled in the center that look directly at the playing area. The set is designed with them in mind, and doesn't work particularly well from the sides. A long wall cuts across the diagonal of the stage, facing those center seats. The upper portion is used for projected titles, while the lower portion lights up with silhouettes of couples in various poses and contains doorways that allow for the entry and exit of the welter of set pieces. Lighting, by Michael W. Magursky, causes shadows on the faces of actors in two-person scenes played in front of this wall.

This is a show heavy on furnishings, props, and costumes. It's all handled professionally and smoothly, but it seems to be a bit much. Director/choreographer Don Farrell is apparently not an adherent of the "less is more" school. Activity overwhelms heart in this production.

Musical direction (by Peter Hauenstein) and accompaniment (by Paul Tate or Seth Davis on piano and the incredible Nina Ray on violin) carry the show. The musical numbers by Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro may not be the most memorable collection of songs to grace a musical revue, but at least they are original, not a jukebox selection of known hits. The cast excel at their vocals, but this is a show that would probably benefit from having a couple of natural comedians in the cast. As it is, Stage Door Players' "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is a white-bread, bland version of what could be a delightful entertainment if given a bit more spice. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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