Theatre Review: Find yourself reflected in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”

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From the March 27, 2014 edition

Playwright and lyricist Joe DiPietro and composer Jimmy Roberts gathered some gender stereotypes, mixed in outtakes from a Cialis commercial, leavened with the psychosexual complexities of lust, love, loss, commitment, parenthood, divorce and aging, and came up with the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

CATCO’s current production fills the Riffe Center’s intimate Studio Three Theatre with some imaginative rhymes sung to Matt Clemens’ piano dexterity. But the real appeal of “Love/Perfect/Change” are the four engaging performances that track the twists and turns of love and life through a series of vignettes.

Eli Brickey nails what is probably the emotional highlight of the play in “I Will Be Loved Tonight.” Having beaten her date at tennis, she asks him a question that propels their relationship in a new direction.

In “Always a Bridesmaid,” Krista Lively Stauffer laments both her perpetually unattached state and the hideous gowns she’s collected as a member of her friends’ wedding parties: “For Caitlin, I wore satin / Which I looked really fat in.”

Kevin Carty looks across the table at his wife of three decades, contemplating their life together and all the friends who’ve gotten divorced. He knows exactly how to answer his own question, “Shouldn't I Be Less in Love With You?”

Elderly widower Jeff Horst frequents funerals both to pay respects and to check out the dating prospects. In “I Can Live With That,” he channels his inner George Burns to celebrate the life that remains.

“Love/Perfect/Change” offers nothing profound, but you’re likely to see yourself reflected somewhere along its arc.

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