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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

a Musical Revue
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Joe DiPietro (words) and JImmy Roberts (music)

COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 5271

SHOWING : May 11, 2018 - May 19, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

"I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" is a witty musical revue that tackles modern love in all its forms: from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. Set in the modern world and told in a series of vignettes and songs, "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" traces the overall arc of relationships throughout the course of a life. An insightful and hilarious musical, "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" will have audience members shouting, “This is my life!”


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Nancy Jensen
Cast JR McCall
Cast Lillian Shaw
Cast Nylsa Smallwood
Cast David Stephens
Cast Anita Stratton
Cast Evan Weisman
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REVIEWS

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Deepening Love
by playgoer
Monday, May 14, 2018
3.0
"I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" chronicles the lifecycle of male-female relationships, from initial attraction and dating to marriage and children to old age. The light subject matter slowly deepens, but never truly darkens. A production relies more on the acting and singing chops of the cast than on any production values.

In Centerstage North’s rendition, production values are minimal. Karen Worrall’s set design consists of a red platform flanked by right-angled red flats, four movable cubes painted red, and two sets of cabaret tables. Props are good, although not numerous. Costumes add visual interest to the production. Lights seem intended to light each scene differently in Beth DiYenno’s design, but at least on opening night there seemed to be some fiddling around with light levels in the middle of scenes.

The nine-person cast are of a variety of ages. For the early scenes, we have Lillian Shaw and JR McCall pairing off as the young lovers. Ms. Shaw has a glorious voice and fine comic timing, and Mr. McCall plays his parts with supreme energy. McKenzie McCart ably portrays an unpaired female, scoring particularly well in her solo "Always a Bridesmaid."

As the focus moves to middle-aged couples, we have Nylsa Smallwood and David Stephens paired up, as are real-life married couple Carrie and Philippe McCanham (although there are some variations in the pairings). Mr. and Mrs. McCanham have a few notable moments, while Mr. Stephens impresses with his strong voice and energy, and Ms. Smallwood triumphs in scenes portraying a family car trip (comic) and a dating site videotaping (bittersweet).

The oldest couple is played by Evan Weisman and Anita Stratton. Their duet "I Can Live With That" is a highlight of the show and helps the show end on a high note. The silliness of the first act has transitioned into a light, romantic tone with tinges of sorrow and regret. The increasing heart of the numbers and monologues moves the show from a forgettable comic revue to something more memorable.

Nancy Jensen’s direction (including musical direction) gets performances out of the cast conforming to their abilities, and Annie Cook’s piano playing adds a professional note to the proceedings. Centerstage North’s production of "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" is hardly a definitive version, but it contains enough pleasures to make for a worthwhile evening of entertainment. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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