Musical Pokes Fun At Love

April 15th, 2002 by Adam

Plymouth State College presents the touring production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27 as part of the Silver Series of guest artists. The performance will be held at the Silver Cultural Arts Center on Main Street, Plymouth.

The hilarious hit musical comedy is billed as a tuneful joyride through the dizzying spectrum of modern romance in a rollicking throwback to a nearly extinct theatrical genre, the musical comedy revue.

With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (“Over The River and Through the Woods,” and “The Kiss”) and music by Jimmy Roberts (“A … My Name is Still Alice,” “Pets!” and “The Velveteen Rabbit”), “I Love You …” reinvigorates the revue, according to critics.

In 1995, “I Love You …” premiered at New Jersey’s American Stage Company, where, in the middle of one early performance, a woman in the audience couldn’t help but blurt out, “This is my life!” Soon Gannett newspapers were calling the show, “Entirely winning. A show for real people about real people,” and Variety said, “The production deserves a healthy run Off Broadway.”

Act I takes a joyfully satiric look at being single in today’s world, while Act II turns its attention to married life. One reviewer wrote, “Can anything fresh be said about the war between the sexes? Probably not, but Joe DiPietro’s musical has enough sweet humor to make the two-hour performance pure fun to watch.” Another wrote, “The lyrics of the show’s 17 songs comment on everything from awkward first dates to resigned accommodation between a widow and a widower. Some of it is hilarious; some of it is touching; all of it is familiar. It’s easy to understand why ‘I Love You …’ is still selling out at New York’s Westside Theatre, where it opened in August 1996.”

Call the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office, 535-ARTS, for tickets and information. Tickets are $25-11.