Love is complex and complicated enough, but writer Joe Dipieto managed to succinctly script the entire relationship journey in short, hilarious punchy scenes, with more than 52 different characters. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change boasts a 4-piece stellar cast who seamlessly move from character to character, and scene to scene while hitting every moment and punch line. All accompanied by live pianist and violinist who intrinsically become a part of the show.
With just a simple geometric set, and multiple costume and wigs changes, the narrative runs wildly through the up and downs, and the ins and outs of relationships. From that first date (the good and the bad), awkward meetings with the in-laws, cold feet at the alter, no sleep and changing dirty diapers, to getting old and love after life. While some moments leave you heart-broken (I will be loved tonight), others have you in stitches (Always a bridesmaid). The musical numbers take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, much like any relationship would.
The performances of Taryn-Lee Hudson, Claire Taylor, Neels Clasen and Brandon Lindsay are incredible, with each performer holding their own but bringing out such beautiful chemistry together. You’re bound to fall in love with them in one scene or another.
The clean, simple movements and staging, paired with bright signature-piece costumes, stripped of all the stage tricks of your typical musical, help draw focus to the core of every scene. The show is so timeless, yet it feels so particular to the time now and this is captured wonderfully by director Elizma Badenhorst.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change now showing at Pieter Toerien Main Theatre at Montecasino until 4 September. Bookings at Computicket .