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‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ a lighthearted look at relationships

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Know and Go: What: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” musical comedy When: Showtimes are 2 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Runs Friday through Nov. 18. Where: Cosmopolitan Cabaret, at 1000 K St., Sacramento, across from the Crest Theatre. Information: CosmopolitanCabaret.com. Tickets: Available through the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office at 1419 H St., by calling 557-1999 or online at Tickets.com. Also available at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret Box Office, which opens two hours prior to every performance. Tickets start at $20 for all performances. ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ a lighthearted look at relationships By Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor The “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” cast in the current Cosmopolitan Cabaret production would make great shopping companions. Each of the four actors plays more than a dozen characters during the two-hour musical comedy. That translates into a lot of 30-second costume changes backstage. Besides the mobility needed to achieve this quick change successfully, it’s also a mental exercise. “It takes a lot of brain power,” said Jerry Lee, who has to transform “from a very tired husband with two kids getting ready to go to bed and, 30 seconds later, appear as an 11-year-old boy.” “It’s physical energy but it’s even more mental energy to get through one of these evenings,” Lee said. “Keep in mind your quick changes, cues. 30 seconds to change a costume. We only have so much time before we emerge as an entirely different person.” And it’s fun, Lee said, because the audience can easily connect with the various characters. The comedy deals with first dates, the beginning of romantic relationships, weddings, marriage, having children and having a life with children, according to Lee. “One of my favorite things in the show, that I’m not in, is two people in their golden years of life connecting at a wake. It’s very sweet,” Lee said. Will anybody who has been in a relationship relate to this musical comedy? “What we’ve been focusing on is making these characters human. These situations are so funny because they are so human,” Lee said. “People will relate to it and find it comical because they’ve been through it, to quote the show, been through the ringer, been drip dried.” Songs in the show range from light gospel, doo-wop to comedic. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” premiered Off-Broadway at New York City‘s Westside Theatre in 1996 and ran for more than 5,000 performances. It has been performed internationally and translated into at least 14 languages.