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Saturday, 14 February, 2009 2:33 AM
Review: 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' is hilarious and entertaining
Photo by Scott Myers / Gem Theatre
The hit musical comedy, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is now playing at Detroit's Gem Theatre through March 29. The show features (L-R) Rebecca & Nick Spear, Sophia Hinshelwood, and Jonathan Rayson.
Act I begins thousands of years ago when God made man and woman. Four actors, Rebecca Spear, Nick Spear, Sophia Hinshelwood, and Jonathan Rayson portray two couples in modern time preparing to go from their first date jitters to old age. They perform more than 40 roles in a series of skits Seinfeld-style portraying as singles and couples trying to connect with each other.
Two homely people meeting in a restaurant fantasize to be the "Stud and a Babe." Then he asks her out on a date in "Men who talk and women who pretend to be listening." Another date involves a macho guy going to a "tear jerker" movie his date has picked out. Then next time she invites to make his favorite meal in the "Lasagna Incident", not knowing how to make lasagna.
The parents of a couple think their son and girlfriend are about to announce their engagement, but instead, say they are breaking up. Needless to say, the parents didn't take it well.
One girl meets a guy who says he's gonna call her in "I'll call you, yeah right". She waits and waits for the phone to ring, thinking maybe she should call him but then, lo and behold, he calls just to say hello, twice.
There is a single group meeting at the Attica State Prison where a couple ties the knot in "Scared Straight".
After the intermission of 15 minutes, Act II begins with a newly-married couple heading off on their honeymoon to Cancun. Her bridesmaid reveals she is "Always a bridesmaid" and never a bride.
Fatherhood comes along and this formerly macho guy is consumed by "Baby Talk" and his friends get bored.
A couple exhausted from the day's work flops on the couch in "Sex and the Married Couple", then plans some bedroom fireworks in "Marriage Tango".
Going on a car ride with the family brought on some hilarious consequences in "On the Highway of Love".
One woman who is divorced and re-enters the dating scene prepares a "Dating Video" and talks about her ex-husband who cheated on her with a fat older woman.
Going through life, a couple is sitting at the breakfast table, not speaking and each reading their newspaper, reflects on their life together in "Shouldn't I be less in love with you?".
As they age, the couples meet at a funeral home and try to pick each other up in "Funerals are for Dating".
This musical comedy portrays lifetime experiences of male/female relationships and tell us that no matter what life brings us, we are all searching for love. "I love you, you're perfect, now change."
The Gem Theatre is announcing that due to Detroit's economic climate, they are lowering their ticket prices to $25 for all performances, with group discounts for parties of 15 or more available for $20. Theatre packages of dinner at the Elwood Bar and Grill and show tickets are also available by calling the Gem Theatre at 313-963-9800.
I was thoroughly entertained and loved the collecton of hilarious scenes and songs. Everyone should see this.
Overall Rating: A
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