I Love You. You’re Perfect, Now Change

Date 22nd July 2016
Society Stevenage Lytton Players
Venue The Lytton Theatre
Type of Production Musical
Director Grace Maynard
Musical Director Derek Blyth

Report

Author: Vicki Avery

I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change, by Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts is a modern musical revue, which relies on observational comedy about real life human relationships, from the first date to the loss of a partner.

Michelle Airey, Tom Beirne, Sharon Curtis, Louise Edwards, Ross Edwards, Jessie Marvell and Ban Willis all gave excellent performances playing over 40 different characters between them.

American accents were very good and diction was clear, which although important in any production was even more important in this show as I would imagine the narrative of this musical was unknown to a majority of the audience.

All seven actors were able to furnish their characters with well-timed comedy, sadness and sensitivity when needed, providing the audience with both laughter and feelings of sympathy and empathy for each character portrayed.

Musically, singing voices that were very easy to listen to and it was nice to hear the harmonies.

Great moments include Always A Bridesmaid; this was great fun, I’ll Call You Soon and The Very First Dating video of Rose Ritz.

Director Grace Maynard and Musical Director Derek Blyth allotted the different characters perfectly to the company and not once did I feel that a character had been miscast.

I did feel the lighting cues were a little slow sometimes which meant the performers were speaking or singing in the dark on a few occasions. However this did not appear to distract the performers or detract from the enjoyment of the audience.

I would like to congratulate all the backstage crew lead by Stage Manager Lucy Stallard, especially on their proficient and unobtrusive changing of props and costumes as there were some quick changes for both of these roles.

The black cloths and occasional pieces of furniture gave maximum space for the company and the stage extension made for a more personal connection with the audience when required. Some excellent planning here.

I was aware of this musical having witnessed it as a characterization workshop but had never seen it as a whole production. I was certainly not disappointed.

Well done to Director Grace Maynard for a very enjoyable show.

Thank you for you hospitality