So…What Are You Doing Tonight? “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Opening at SLT

“One is very crazy when in love.”  
–Sigmund Freud

At some time or another, nearly every one of us has met “The One”—you know, that guy or girl who makes your heart go pitter-patter, who sends you into a world of endless daydreams, who is all you can talk or think about (to the annoyance of just about everyone else in your life), who is absolutely perfect in every imaginable way.  Sometimes it’s a crush that fades naturally.  Sometimes it turns into one or more dates that don’t quite work out.  And sometimes it becomes a committed relationship, and then a marriage.

Having been lucky enough to find the perfect love, many people are guilty of immediately setting about to change every single thing that made them fall in love in the first place.  But who ever said that love is supposed to make sense?  No less esteemed a personage than William Shakespeare once observed, “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

Starting tonight, the Sumter Little Theatre presents I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a musical by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts.  This “celebration of theILY mating game” played 5,003 performances in New York from 1996 to 2008, a near-record-breaking run for an off-Broadway show.  (Incidentally, The New York Times reported that 61 proposals of marriage were made during performances—all of which were answered with “yes.”)

Presented as a series of vignettes, the revue takes on what the Sumter Little Theatre’s website refers to as “the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as ‘the relationship.’”  From first dates to final goodbyes, it’s a musical joy ride through nearly every stage of this most exalting—and agonizing—part of the human condition.  As frank as it is funny, each scene will likely bring a gasp, or at least a discreet “facepalm,” of recognition, remembrance or pure teenage embarrassment from audience members.

I Love You…
is directed by Carmela Bryan and Michael Duffy.  Performances begin tonight (February 14, 2013), with an opening-night reception featuring wine, soft drinks, and light refreshments before the show begins at 8 p.m.  It continues through Saturday, February 16, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, February 17.  There will be a second run February 21-24.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students, seniors, and military.  Reservations are recommended.


February 22
is “Teacher Appreciation Night,” and Sumter School District teachers can purchase tickets at half price for one night only.  But hey—why wait?  If you don’t have plans for this evening (and might just be in for a lot of trouble over it), wouldn’t this make a great date night?

The Sumter Little Theatre is located at 14 Mood Avenue in the Sumter County Cultural Center.  The box office is open Monday to Friday from 3-6 p.m. and can be reached at (803) 775-1250.

Of course, I Love You… is not just entertainment for couples (although it may not be suitable for children, as it features adult language and situations).  As SLT describes it, anyone can relate who has ever “loved and lost…fallen on their faces at the portal of romance, [or] dared to ask, “Say, what are you doing Saturday night?”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

by Colette Daniels

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