Love is confusing; an endless roller coaster of emotions, assumptions,heart palpitations, tears, sacrifices, and experiences. Sometimes love brings marriage and children. Sometimes love brings lives and families that are eventually destroyed. The question is, why do we go through it all? What do we really think about the person we are dating? If we could say anything to that person without consequence, what would it be?
These thoughts we have running through our heads about love, marriage, intimacy, becoming elderly, and more are presented in the musical comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
It will be presented at Los Alamos Alamos Little Theatre beginning May 2.
Written by Joe DiPietro with music by Jimmy Roberts, this musical comedy is a series of 20 vignettes about relationships. According to Andrew Gans from Playbill, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change opened 1996 on Broadway and by 2008 “played a total of 20 previews and 5,003 regular performances, making it the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history.”
The show has also been a venue for audience-goers to express their love and pop the question. Gans explains that “61 men have proposed to their brides on the stage of the Westside Theatre during the show’s run (all accepted the proposal).”
In the LALT production, there are 31 actors from Los Alamos, Espanola, Pojoaque, and Santa Fe Every actor gets his or her “moment in the spotlight.” There is a man bursting wildly into tears during a romance film, an inmate shouting at a bunch of young singles at the top of his lungs, and a new parent singing about how a once sophisticated way of speaking has now devolved into “baa baa baa dee dee doo doo.” There is even a wedding with a beautiful bride and groom, and a clergy who gives them the realism about what marriage will really be like.
The show also explores marriage and relationships as we grow older. After spending year after year with a spouse, raising children, creating irreplaceable memories – then what? Is it possible to really love one person after decades? This is addressed in the beautiful, tear-inspiring song, “Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You.”
We also meet two people who have lost their spouses, and are looking to find some happiness as they live their remaining years. Love can happen to anyone, at any time, and usually when least expected.
If you wish for love, are in love, or have lost love, join Los Alamos Little Theatre for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change This is a show full of wonderful music, laughter, and a celebration of the strongest emotion.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 and also plays at 7:30 p.m. May 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. May 4 and May 11. Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for students, and can be purchased at CB FOX, at the door, and online at lalt.org.