||The opening of I Love You,
You’re Perfect, Now Change, on Saturday night was a bigger
celebration than usual. It also marked the first Broadway Series show of
Sutter Street Theatre’s 9th season – and a new hip for its Artistic
Director, Connie Mockenhaupt. The space has been completly redesigned
with a lower stage and more sharply staircased seats among other things.
And it was sold out!
This is a 4 person show and the 4
people are Christopher Celestin, Michael Coleman, Jessica McKillican and
Jennifer Morrison. The two women have been seen on this stage at least 2
times: the two men, some 15-30 times each. You would think that a
cast with that much experience would give its audience an outstanding
show…and you would be SO right.
The show is a musical that almost
defies description, but here are the names of a few songs: “Not Tonight,
I’m Busy Busy Busy,” “Stud and a Babe,” Why? “’Cause I’m a Guy,” “Sex
and the Married Couple”….get the picture? But it was all in very
good taste. A reviewer tends to want to pick out favorites and
give them more ink – but that would be a shame this time. It was a
perfect ensemble! Each member excelled in timing, in the use of bodily
and facial expressions, in nuances of delivery – and they all had big
stage voices that were completely under control. They worked together as
if they had done so for months instead of weeks.
The Assistant Musical
Director/Accompanist, Kale Coppin complemented the cast to the nth
degree and he won a door prize which… was appropriate. Kudos too, go to
Wade McKenzie-Bahr for running a very tricky light board. Of course,
Connie Mockenhaupt did her usual outstanding job of directing. Sometimes
it’s hard to know what is the result of a director’s touch and what
comes naturally to the actor. In this case I’m sure it was a canny
blending of both.
So, I haven’t really told you
anything about the show. I truly believe it can’t be described. You have
to see it. Please do. You will be so glad you did. It runs through
February 15th at 8:p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 4:00 p.m. on
Here’s a clue as to how it was
received (aside from the fact that everyone around me was saying it was
the best musical they had ever seen). You know how when a show is over,
one or two people will stand up, then another 2 or 3 until almost
everyone is standing? This time, when the show was over, we rose
immediately, almost as one body, and applauded as if our lives depended