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Love is confusing. Love is an endless roller coaster of emotions, assumptions, heart palpitations, tears, sacrifices, and experiences.
Sometimes love brings marriage and children. Sometimes love brings lives and families that are eventually destroyed.
The question is, why do we go through it all? What do we really think about the person we are dating? If we could say anything to that person without consequence, what would it be?
These thoughts about love, marriage, intimacy, becoming elderly and more are presented in the musical comedy, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”
It will be presented at Los Alamos Little Theatre starting Friday.
Written by Joe DiPietro with music by Jimmy Roberts, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a series of 20 vignettes about relationships.
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” opened in 1996 on Broadway and by 2008 played a total of 20 previews and 5,003 regular performances, making it the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history.
The show has also been a venue for audience-goers to express their love and pop the question. Andrew Gans of “Playbill” wrote that “61 men have proposed to their brides on the stage of the Westside Theatre during the show’s run (all accepted the proposal).”
In the LALT production, there are 31 actors from Los Alamos, Española, Pojoaque and Santa Fe.
Every actor in the play gets his or her “moment in the spotlight.” There is a man bursting wildly into tears during a romance film, an inmate shouting at a bunch of young singles at the top of his lungs and a new parent singing about how a once sophisticated way of speaking has now devolved into “baa baa baa dee dee doo doo.” There is even a wedding with a beautiful bride and groom, and a clergy who gives them the realism about what marriage will really be like.
The show also explores marriage and relationships as we grow older. After spending year after year with a spouse, raising children, creating irreplaceable memories, then what? Is it possible to really love one person after decades?
‘This is addressed in the song, “Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You.”
In the play, the audience will also meet two people who have lost their spouses, and are looking to find some happiness as they live their remaining years, reminding the audience that love can happen to anyone, at any time and often when it’s least expected.
The first showing of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is 7:30 p.m. Friday. It also plays 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, 10, 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday and May 11.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, and can be purchased at CB Fox, at the door, or online at lalt.org.