MileHighGayGuy's Way Gay Reviewer Takes on a Way Straight Show
By Philip Doyle
Before I begin, I would like to provide the following disclaimer: It should not come as a surprise to anyone that I am WAY gay. This is a review of a musical that happens to feature universal themes of straight relationships. It is a lighthearted cabaret musical that has appeal for everyone from the WAY gay, to the WAY straight. So chillax ... read what I have to say ... and if you’re feeling it, go and enjoy yourself.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change attempts to present the satirical and brutally honest quirks of the heterosexual mating ritual. The dreams and desires of the characters are relatable to all aspects of the interpersonal social gamut.
The book and lyrics written by Joe DiPietro are clever and cute if occasionally predictable. It is an amusing musical journey that explores dating, sex, marriage, and parenthood.
Some of the musical numbers, including “Always a Bridesmaid” are sharp-witted gems that build to a triumphant conclusion. “Why? Cause I’m a Guy” touts men filled with testosterone driven goofiness. “I Will Be Loved Tonight” is a beautiful and optimistic ballad that pops up contrary to other songs that border on tongue and cheek deprecation.
Each member of the cast of Love, Perfect, Change possesses a range of comedic and vocal talent. Daniel Langhoff is at his best when he immerses himself in character. Shannan Steele shines when she embraces a calm honest realness.
Robert Michael Sanders is great fun to watch. He has an amiable presence that is a rare delight. Lauren Shealy is also a unique and joyful talent, brimming with energy and the likeability of a young Mary Tyler Moore.
There are times when this production struggles to maintain a fresh approach, as each musical vignette repeatedly comes and goes. The short episodic nature of the song-to-song, lights up-to-lights down structure becomes a bit of a challenge to the audience’s patience.
At its best I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change celebrates the playful uniqueness of its cast.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change runs through June 24th at the Garner Galleria Theatre.
Tickets are available at www.denvercenter.org or by calling 303-893-4100.