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Damascus Theatre Company I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

By • Feb 17th, 2010 • Category: Reviews
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Book and Lyrics by Jo DiPietro, Music by Jimmy Roberts
Damascus Theatre Company
Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD
Through February 21st
2:15 with one intermission
$18/$16 Gaithersburg Residents
Reviewed February 13th, 2010

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a series of vignettes set to music. It takes a comedic look at the path people take from the dating scene, through marriage, child rearing, and finally the “empty nest syndrome.” The sets, choreography, singing, and a fabulous ensemble cast made this a truly enjoyable production.

This was a fast paced show that required precision timing as well as spot on dancing. Choreographer Stephanie Miller kept things lively and moving fast. The ensemble cast made it all seem so easy as they wheeled their chairs around the stage during one of the funniest songs “on the Highway of Love.” The excitement and energy the cast exuded was evident on the faces and caused the audience to really laugh and enjoy themselves (especially after being cooped up for as much as a week in some locations).

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change as scripted calls for two male and two female actors. Director Celia Blitzer chose to cast four men and women, which was a wise decision. By allowing the actors extra time to change costumes and prepare for set changes between each vignette, the show never lost steam during the many scene changes. The intimate space of the Gaithersburg Arts Barn allowed Set Designer Celia Blitzer enough space to allow for dancing and still have basic set pieces that were changed by the performers.

Even though Valentine’s Day is officially over, this is a great show to take your special someone to see and enjoy.

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Photos by Elli Swink for the Damascus Theatre Company.

Cast

  • Stephanie Bonte Lebair
  • Bill Brown
  • Hugh Gordon
  • Nicole Kaplan
  • Carrie McCabe
  • Alden Michels
  • Gabriel Potter
  • Cindy Williams

Crew

  • Director: Celia Blitzer
  • Executive Producer: Elli Swink
  • Music Director: Keith Tittermary & Mary K. McConnell
  • Choreographer: Stephanie Miller
  • Technical Director/Lighting Design: Rick Swink
  • Master Carpenters: Jim Korte & Bill Lebair
  • Stage Manager: Bill Lebair
  • Sound Design: Vitol Wiacek
  • Technical Crew: Liz Cribbin & Jim Korte
  • Set Design: Celia Blitzer
  • Scenery Artist: Judy Feola
  • Slide Show: Bruce Rosenberg
  • Properties: Elli Swink & Maria Littlefield
  • Costumes/Hair & Make-up: Celia Blitzer & Cast
  • PR: Elissa Borzilleri
  • Photography: Kate Lewis

Musicians

  • Conductor/Piano: Keith Tittermary
  • Violin: Laura Weber

Damascus Theatre Company provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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