I liked it, the material is near perfect, now change the cast!! With a delightful score and a witty book to match, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a fun delve into the world of modern-day dating. Now if only the cast would have some fun performing it.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, which is now in its fifth year in New York City, is playing at the Stuart Street Playhouse with a cast comprised of Adam Hunter, Chip Phillips, Kathy St. George, and Amy White. While all members of the cast are quite lackluster, each has at least one moment to shine.
The main problem here was energy. Granted, it was the first performance of the week, but the cast seemed abnormally tired and bored with the material they were given. Amy White is the one exception to this; Ms. White is a gifted comedienne and reminds one of a young Carol Burnett with her exaggerated facial expressions. However, when given dramatic pieces to work with, she falls short of expectations and leaves you wanting more. The other cast members should take note from Ms. White and realize that this is a fast-paced musical review and energy must be high at all times. A side note: the scenery and lighting, designed by James Kronzer and Daniel Ordower respectively, is very reminiscent of Burnett's last Broadway foray, Putting It Together.
The cast does manage to give us a few good laughs, however they are mostly due to the very funny libretto by Joe DiPietro. Mr. DiPiertro's book and lyrics are quite wonderful, though giving a grim view of the world of dating. The score by Jimmy Roberts is great and varies from country western to moving pop ballads. Joel Bishoff, who directed the original New York production, makes excellent use of the small space and limited scenery here. Mr. Bishoff has paced this review well, moving quickly through each sketch.
So go see it, if for nothing else to see Amy White do her stuff, and hopefully the cast will feel up to performing it full out in forthcoming performances. If they do, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change will be the laugh riot the authors intended it to be.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is an open run.
Also see Ryan's recent review of Tallulah