I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
(by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts) got a spirited local premiere at the Actor's Theatre of New Orleans, recently. I Love You
is a series of skits that make fun of the eternal battle of the sexes. There are 19 scenes, and nearly every scene features a song. The mood throughout is light and lively.
Much of the fun comes from what you might call the "modern schnook" take on romance. So, for instance, two unprepossessing wooers sing "A Stud and a Babe," because that's precisely what they're not.
Chelle Duke and RenŽ J.F. Piazza direct four performers: Terence Foster, Eva Langston, Matthew Mickal and Duke, herself. The foursome went through their comic paces on a mostly bare, black stage. They performed the songs with a good deal of verve, although, occasionally, it was hard to hear the words. Larry Sieberth provided the stylish accompaniment in a pre-recorded performance.