‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ hopes to create the perfect date night

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Don Farrell (from left), Cynthia Collins, Paul Hansen and Judy Fitzgerald make up the cast of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” (photo by Julie Curry)

Starting this week, Actors Theatre of Indiana will be closing out its 2011-2012 season with “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The musical comedy is the second-longest-running off-Broadway musical. It first premiered in 1996 and continued until July 2008 after 5,003 performances.

“The show is about people trying to connect. It’s very, very funny and really follows the fine line of relationships,” said Don Farrell, co-founder of ATI, the show’s director and a member of the cast. “The central idea of the show is based in truth. We spend the first half of our lives trying to find the perfect mate, and then the second half trying to change him or her.”

Farrell first saw the show years ago while on a date. He found himself and his date poking fun at one another over the similarities between the events portrayed on the stage and the events they had been through in their own relationship.

“It is the perfect show for date night,” said Farrell.

The show is comprised of a number of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships and utilizes a cast of four, along with two musicians, a pianist and a violinist. Farrell was quick to point out the entirecast and crew members are talented and quite established throughout Indiana.

“Everyone in our production is a professional in his or her respective trade,” said Farrell. “That’s one of the things that setATI apart from other theater companies in the area. It’s the difference between professional theater and community theater.”

ATI has rated the performance PG-13. Farrell stated while the show certainly doesn’t include R-rated elements, some portions wouldn’t be appropriate for children.

For a chance to win two tickets to “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” search “Actors Theatre of Indiana” on Facebook and “Like” its page.

  • WHAT: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”
  • WHEN: Friday through May 20
  • WHERE: The Studio Theater, 4 Center Green, Carmel
  • COST: $40 general, $36.25 senior, $30.50 student
  • INFO: Visit thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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