I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a comedy musical from the pen of Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts. It remains to this day the longest running show off-Broadway, although it was first performed in the UK. It comprises of a series of stand-alone episodes tracing the love and relationships from first date to in-laws, child rearing to growing old, or, as the publicity information for the show describes, a celebration of modern-day mating.

The longevity of the show in New York has always puzzled me, as I’ve never thought the material was particularly strong or clever. Some motifs are funny, others totally on target, but many a little too predictable. It’s not a bad show, it’s just not awesome in the same way Les Misérables or Assassins could blow you away.

That said, the performers of 4Tune Theatre Company do a very good job with it, potentially exceeding the quality of the material they are working with. What is particularly noteworthy is they have lost one of their four performers due to a family emergency, so they are running with two understudies to cover his role. There were no slip-ups at all, and I wouldn’t have noticed if it wasn't for the programme note.

All in all, and inoffensive and gentle comedy and there are much worse places to spend the evening.

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The Blurb

Energetic hit musical comedy seeks audience for laughter, love, and fumbles in the dark. After a sell out run in Bristol this hilarious revue of the dating game comes to the festival. www.loveperfectchange2008.co.uk

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