I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts’ musical comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change has become a staple of the fringe in recent years, probably because it requires a small, budget-friendly, company of actors and a single piano mix.

Now You Know Theatre Company have taken on the challenge of this show and succeed with style in delivering an entertaining 70 minutes of musical theatre.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is presented in the form of a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships. The play's tagline is "Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit." With few exceptions, the scenes stand independent of the others but progress in a fashion designed to suggest an overall arc to relationships throughout the course of one's life. A first date, for example, comes before scenes dealing with marriage and child rearing.

Now You Know Theatre Company have taken on the challenge of this show and succeed with style in delivering an entertaining 70 minutes of musical theatre. Director Anthony Orme, who also performs in the piece, has directed his company well although the casting needs a little more care. Natasha Proffitt doesn’t convince as an older lady during the “Funerals are for dating” sketch and there is some inappropriate casting for other sketches as well. The 6 strong cast of Orme, Proffitt, Matthew Green, Laura Ellis, Chris Seery with Alex Davies on the piano produce a stunning sound throughout the production. This is none more so than in the finale which is delivered a cappella with peerless vocals, showcasing a company who have worked hard to deliver their show.

With a little more care taken to ensure that appropriate actors perform each role, this is a production that’s well on its way to packing in the audiences this Fringe.

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