Saturday, August 18, 2012

Olathe Community Theatre "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" review by Combo

'I Love You..' Brings 'Perfect' Mix To Olathe Community Theatre Stage
Rating: 5

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Olathe Community Theatre Association

Drought has dominated the Midwest for the last few months, but inside the Olathe Community Theatre for the next couple weeks, the drought is ending. No, the theatre isn't hosting a production of "Singin' in the Rain". Instead, the theatre is celebrating the end of the "Single Man Drought" through its production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change."

The second longest running off-Broadway musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" looks at the ups and downs of dating, marriage, and love.

This production, directed by Shelly Stewart with music direction by Kevin Hershberger, features an ensemble cast (Rachel Adcock, John Cleary, MB Hurst, James Levy, Sarah Montoya, and Kevin Rehrer). Each cast member brings a deluge of fun and talent to the stage, showing versatility by taking on a variety of song styles and roles.

The production is quick-paced and well-staged, moving through a variety of skits. There's the humorous interplay between Adcock and Rehrer in "A Stud and a Babe," followed by Adcock's soul-searching rendition of the lyrical "I Will Be Loved." There's the celebration of wedding vows, juxtaposed with Montoya's acceptance she will be "Always a Bridesmaid." There's the utter joy of first time parents, obsessing over every sound from the baby monitor, followed by the romp of a family down "The Highway of Love".

The show is a delight, as time passes quickly by for audience and actors. A final scene with Hurst and Levy deciding "Funerals are for Dating," shows that love spans both young and old.

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" continues weekend performances at Olathe Community Theatre through August 26. Don't miss this chance to relish in a downpour...I'm not sure if the weather forecast calls for rain, but there's sure to be a downpour of laughs inside the theatre.

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