Off-Broadway classic comes to Kingston

King’s Town Players successfully branches out into traditional musical comedy with I Love You

Familiar episodes of pre-first date pep talks.
Familiar episodes of pre-first date pep talks.
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A successful first attempt at a musical comedy, I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a clear indication of the quality of work that is to come this year.

The show is the newest addition to the King’s Town Players arsenal. It’s about different people trying to form meaningful connections and all the joy, awkwardness and butterflies that come with it.

The production follows a number of different couples, each with their own personalities and dreams, as they go through a series of firsts in their new relationships. From first dates to that final walk down the aisle, this comedic number explores it all.

Originally performed in New York, I Love You is the longest-running off-Broadway musical.

This quirky musical comedy is divided into two acts that humorously examine the lives of its characters as they travel through life and the people that they connect with along the way. But not all of these connections last.

In some cases, it’s just a matter of time before they break or fade away.

Each couple faces their own problems and insecurities — with themselves and with their relationship.

In the number “He Called Me” a young girl named Julia obsesses over when a guy will call her. The actors manage to connect with the audience through their ability to showcase the confusing emotions and thoughts of the characters as they experience scenarios that are all too common.

Opening with the nostalgic and melancholic tones of a violin and piano, the atmosphere for the musical is set before the actors even step onstage.

It was the beautiful harmonizing between Deanna Choi on violin and Michael Capon on piano that lured the audience into a world filled with hopes of new romances, fluttering butterflies and urgent last minute pep talks before a date knocks on your door for the very first time.

Act one begins with a series of scenes detailing a familiar event that men and women are all too acquainted with: the dreaded and nerve-wracking first date.

In numbers such as “A Stud and a Babe”, the audience is reminded of what it’s like to meet a guy or girl for the first time and constantly worrying about whether you’re good looking enough or smart enough for this person you are hoping to impress.

Other numbers such as “Single Man Drought” demonstrate how people’s drive and desire to form a deep and meaningful connection with someone pushes them to do whatever is necessary to find Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Unlike the first act, the second act explores how, even though people form connections and relationships, there’s still the possibility that the connection will wither and fade as a result of time or circumstances. This is explored in numbers like “Hey There, Single Guy/Gal” when a couple, whose names are Karen and Mitch, inform Mitch’s parents that they are breaking up after being together for two years.

Each one has their own reasons for it: Mitch just wasn’t ready to commit and Karen wants to focus on her career.

Essentially, circumstances changed and their connection just wasn’t as strong as it used to be.

However, the main lesson that this act teaches with numbers like “A Funeral is for Dating,” is that even though connections fade and disappear it is never too late to create new ones.

Human beings are programmed to look for love, and the musical successfully demonstrates that these connections are what keep people going.

In the end it’s these links that give our lives meaning and purpose.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change continues until March 8 at the Kingston Yacht Club.

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