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Wouldn’t change a thing in ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect’

Kimberly Nicoletti

KEYSTONE – Chaos follows creation, and it’s no different when two people fall in love.”I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” depicts the rise, fall and wonderment of romance in short, musical vignettes only a bitter spinster wouldn’t laugh at. And since spinsters died decades ago, replaced by the modern, self-sufficient woman, it’s safe to say everyone will at least chuckle at the portrayals of first dates, marriages, raising children, fighting and growing old together.The story begins with four monks reciting the creation story of men and women – men who suddenly found themselves shaving and dry cleaning and women who began strapping on Wonderbras, starving, shaving their arm pits and spending two hours primping for a guy they hardly know.Despite men’s and women’s best attempts at attracting the opposite sex, they belt out their real feelings on stage: They sing about their emotional baggage; they wish they were studs and babes; and they just want to get past those first, second, third – and all those other awkward dates.As the play matures, so too do the characters. One couple portrays two overbearing parents, who, upon hearing their son isn’t going to marry his sweetheart, go on a do-wop-inspired musical rampage against singlehood.Perhaps the funniest vignette comes at the end of the first act – something about lawsuits against sexual dissatisfaction. We’ll leave it at that.Horrendous family road trips set to a ragtime beat and anger about a sports-fan husband and a shopaholic wife round out the start of the second act.But the last part of act two opens hearts to the magic of long-term love. And, like they say, even if you don’t find that forever soulmate, the hope of love “keeps you comin’ back all goo-goo eyed.”Four actors handpicked by artistic director Chris Alleman deliver a rousing performance. Alleman chose them out of a nationwide search of 900 actors at the South Eastern Theatre Conference, which eliminates a host of other actors through a series of preliminary rounds. Alleman had one minute to decide who, out of the 900, might fit into the roles he had in mind. After his first cut, he watched them for another 10 minutes, then chose. In the end, he hired nine to perform the four plays Lake Dillon Theatre Company will present this summer.”They’re all extremely talented, and they’re an eclectic group size-wise who fit those characters. You don’t want seven Barbies and seven Kens,” Alleman said.Four of the nine actors he brought in from the audition perform in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”The actors – Candace Neal (North Carolina), Ben Whitmore (Florida), Justin Banta (Illinois) and Kate Zaloumes (Georgia) – range from ages 19 to 22, but they bring depth of character to every phase of life they portray.”It’s wonderful to see how they handle material, especially as they age,” said Denver-based director Terry Dodd. “They’re very honest with it. They’re all very intelligent actors.”Dodd helped the young actors relate to older, married characters by talking about the actors’ ideas about relationships, breakups, marriage and divorce.As for the show itself, Alleman chose it because it’s an audience friendly show, and the subject matter is pertinent to about 95 percent of the population, he said”It’s probably one of the most performed plays throughout the nation because it’s very wise and savvy,” said Dodd. “It knows the animal it wants to be and doesn’t try to be anything else. It’s a very entertaining, musical – it pulls at the heart strings, and there’s wisdom at the end.”Vail, Colorado

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