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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: On Stage in Fresno

IN THE April 20 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham

There is a special KRL reader ticket discount at the end of this article.

I first saw the musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in the Santa Cruz area a couple of years ago and loved it, so when I heard that Good Company Players were doing it at Roger Rocka’s I was excited.

Left to Right: Teddy Maldonado, Tami Cowger, Taylor Babcock & Amalie Larsen

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a musical comedy with short scenes and songs about relationships through dating, marriage, parenting, divorce and growing old together. I guess you could say the ‘plot’ is a humorous and sometimes poignant look at relationships in couples’ lives,” said director Denise Graziani, who first directed this show for GCP six years ago. “When they put it on this season, I asked to direct it again because I enjoy the funny, well-written script and the music in the score. I also like the ensemble feel of the production.”

According to Dan Pessano, Managing Director of GCP, this show has been a real audience favorite with everyone seeming to find something familiar in the scenes and song. “From dating to marriage to divorce to senior citizen ‘pick up’ lines, the cast is extraordinary!”

The four person cast consists of Taylor Babcock, Tami Cowger, Amalie Larsen, and Teddy Maldonado. Taylor, Tami and Teddy have been in several other GCP shows but Amalie is returning to Fresno and GCP after a 16 year absence during which time she performed in some big theatrical productions of shows such as 1776, Tommy and Titanic.

They all did a wonderful job; the show was very funny and well acted. Every cast member also has a lovely voice, and I especially loved Tami and Teddy’s. While most of the songs were silly and fun, my favorite song was a more serious one, “Shouldn’t I Be Less In Love With You”, by Taylor. Some nice local touches were added to the production by mentioning places in Fresno, and having the set reflect a Fresno setting.

Denise stated that the biggest challenge in directing this show was to find four dynamic performers with the physical stamina, acting and vocal skills to portray the many different characters in all the different scenes. “These actors get a workout both backstage, making all the quick costume changes, and onstage, performing.” She feels she found those performers in this foursome, and I agree.

“I’m sure that every audience member will find something, if not many things, that they will relate to, throughout the show,” continued Denise. “Sit back and enjoy the ride!”

My 18 year old daughter loved the show as well and there were many senior citizens in the audience the night we went, so it has appeal across the ages. Do keep in mind the show is rated PG-13 due to some adult language and content.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change runs through May 15 at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre. Check out their event page here on KRL for more details.

Mention Kings River Life Magazine at the time of reservation and see Good Company Players’ I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the discounted group rate. Savings of up to $7 per Dinner & Show reservation. Offer valid any performance through May 8. Box Office: (559) 266-9494.

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

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