Theater review: Broadway Rose's 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' is appealing, though a bit dated
Feb 03, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Relationships are tricky. Finding the right mate in the modern dating world can seem impossible, and even when you find your ideal match, there always seems to be a personality trait or two that could use a little tinkering.
That's the premise behind the appealing musical revue "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," which the Broadway Rose Theatre Company opened over the weekend at its New Stage auditorium in Tigard. The four-actor show by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts played more than 5,000 performances in its original off-Broadway production, and its universal themes are what have made it a hit with audiences. Who hasn't been on a bad date or felt the angst of waiting for the phone to ring
Director Sharon Maroney gets great performances out of Leah Yorkston, Amy Jo Halliday, Joshua Stenseth and Colin Wood, giving each actor several moments to shine. All four have appealing voices, and Stenseth and Yorkston have nice on-stage chemistry in their scenes.
The only quibble with the show is it's beginning to feel dated and has a handful of relationship cliches (Guys don't like asking for directions Some women are obsessed with shoes Who knew ). It premiered in the mid-1990s, and references to pre-internet video dating and faded movie action-heroes -- and no one having a cell phone -- covers it with a bit of theatrical dust. Maybe it's time for the show to get a 21st century update.
-- Grant Butler
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