I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a gloriously quirky musical that explores all the elements of relationships that everyone secretly thinks but is too scared to say. A series of vignettes connected by a four-person song cycle and an overarching theme of love, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Robert’s musical is given a fresh and vivacious fringe revival. Performed by The Stodge, the production is funny, sweet and infused with life.
“Everything I would have wanted from a musical at Edinburgh”
With I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change being the second-longest running Off Broadway musical, this adaptation could easily fall into the category of predictable and repetitive. Instead, it was a refreshing performance, showcasing some raw talent and showed real potential. The four cast members were young and brimming with very noticeable energy and enthusiasm, and this translated beautifully. Though the performances were in no way perfect, and could do with some polishing and just more experience, it was a performance to be proud of. There were moments, especially when the two leading ladies had a duet in ‘Single Man Drought’, where the harmonies were beautiful to hear and just made the production that little bit better. All four actors also manged the multi-roling with a refreshing self-awareness that added another dimension of entertainment to the production.
Though there were moments where it was painfully obvious how young the cast were, especially with some of the scenes calling for an older couple, the quartet pulled it off with relative ease. Part of the magic of the performance was that the necessary suspension of disbelief was very easy to slip into, despite the performers’ youth. The funny, charming, and at times sad, musical was a breath of fresh air. With some polishing, especially the scene changes and potentially an expansion of the musical element – though the lone piano worked in the space, it would have been nice to see a bigger band to support and enhance the vocals – this production could really go places.
Given some time and tweaking, The Stodge’s take on I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change could be something great. As it is, it’s still a really fun and refreshing musical with a dynamic young cast brimming with potential. It was the perfect end to a night at the Fringe, leaving me in a great mood, humming the catchy tunes and charmed by the cast. Everything I would have wanted from a musical at Edinburgh.
C Venues, 21st – 25th August, 21:05 – 22:05
Image: The Stodge