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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change returns to Venice Theatre’s Cabaret in November
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change returns to Venice Theatre’s Cabaret in November

Venice, Florida -- The long-running off-Broadway musical comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change returns for the third time to Venice Theatre on Friday, Nov. 1.  

Musically directed by Bobby Brader and staged by Steven Flaa (who performed in the show the last time the theatre presented it in 2008), this hilarious revue covers “everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” With memorable tunes by Jimmy Roberts and clever lyrics and sketches by Joe DiPietro, songs such as “Always a Bridesmaid”, “Single Man Drought”, “Marriage Tango” and the show’s title number always bring big laughs. The more poignant numbers – “I Will Be Loved Tonight” and “Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love with You?” – might elicit a few tears as well.

When Venice Theatre (then Venice Little Theatre) first produced I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in 2006, it needed to add five performances to the run to meet audience demand. The theatre’s Producing Director, Allan Kollarsaid at the time, “After the first three performances this weekend, we came in Monday morning to an unprecedented ticket demand. The decision to extend was confirmed by Tuesday night.”  The theatre brought the show back for a second run in 2008. The four performers from the original 2006 cast - Chris Caswell, Kim Kollar, Bobbie Eschenbach and Larry Alexander - return to delight audiences and likely produce another round of sold-out shows.

Perhaps a tribute to the show’s enduring popularity is that three different acts in Venice Theatre’s 2013 Summer Cabaret Festival featured the song “Always a Bridesmaid,” now a comedic staple for female singers.

The play runs through Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Evening performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25-$28 for adults, $10-$15 for students, and can be purchased online atwww.venicestage.com, by phone at 941-488-1115, or in person at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice.