"I LOVE YOU" A MUSICAL MERRY GO ROUND
By Bonnie Goldberg
Under an archway of pink and red hearts, the Ivoryton Playhouse is inviting you to celebrate love and lust, dating, disappointment and divorce, flirting and family, all mixed up in a delightful hodge-podge of vignettes. Men and women have been having problems in relationships all the way back to Adam and Eve, the snake and the apple. Being able to step back and laugh at yourself, from the first blush onward is healthy and thanks to book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts you can do it with spirit.
Ivoryton Playhouse will unveil this delightful musical comedy about love and romance, in all its hilarious and embarrassing moments, as we search for our soul mates in "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," until Sunday October 13.
Appropriately the show begins with first dates, those awkward times of getting to know someone new, determining if the connections exist and if there is a future beyond that moment. With best behavior at the forefront, a man and a woman extend tentative lines to see what the other can catch. Imagine two nerds, meeting and wishing they were a stud and a babe. Travel to a restaurant with two couples where the men talk and the women pretend to listen. Sit at a movie with a sensitive man who finds himself crying at the tear-jerker on screen.
Offer to make lasagna as an excuse to travel from the kitchen to the bedroom, discover a guy who actually calls when he says he will, listen to a convicted murderer act as a courtship counselor, hear parents lament a break-up, learn how to sue for sexual satisfaction, and that's all in act one.
Act two includes the saga of the closet full of ugly bridesmaid dresses, the couple obsessed with babyhood, detours on the highway of love, how not to make a dating video and hints on meeting a mate at a wake, among others.
Let the inspired quartet of Christopher Sutton, Michael Brian Dunn, Holly Holcomb and Sheila E. Coyle (with understudy Greg Sutton), take you on a merry marriage-go-round where love is the golden ring to happiness. Christopher Sutton directs and choreographs this homage to Valentine's Day like a perfect Cupid. For tickets ($40, seniors $35, students $20, children $15), call Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or online at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. Performances are Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
For a crash course in courtship, in what to do and not to do, let these talented guides escort you right down the aisle to marital bliss.