Director John Kelley II and Musical Director Kent Wilson bring Corvallis a special production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Joe DiPietro’s 1996 musical comedy about love and relationships at the end of the 20th century. The production is complicated, to say the least, by a very 21st century problem: COVID-19.
No, nobody is wearing a cloth face mask – they’re wearing transparent plastic face shields which actually provide better protection. Also, some scenes will be performed using stage tricks, such as filming an actor getting into a bed from one angle, who is then seemingly joined by a partner filmed from a different angle, who is actually getting into an empty bed, in order to avoid the two of them being closer than six feet from one another.
You can call arrangements like these tragic, or you could call them absurd, but perhaps the best approach is to say that these are performers who are remaining true to the ancient motto, “The show must go on.”
The play explores romantic relationships throughout life, from teen dating to the love habits of busy professionals to divorce to pick up culture among the elderly. It’s recommended for “Mature Audiences.”
The performance will be live-streamed on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m., and again on Sept. 19. Tickets are on sale at the Majestic’s website where you can buy tickets according to what you think is fair. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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John M. Burt