Review: Show will put a smile on your face

Review: Show will put a smile on your face

By Tricia Stiller

It has been said that "love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise." It's hard to type that without adding a sigh of agreement, illustrated with raised eyebrows and a nod. And now, thanks to the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, maybe a toe tap or two.

Currently playing at Second Stage at Parkland Theatre is the endearing musical comedy, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!"

In this well-scripted offering, playwright Joe DiPietro, with help from Jimmy Roberts, takes you on a delightful exploration of life and romance, from first dates to the bitter end, with everything in between, through a series of lively musical vignettes that offer something for anyone who has been brave enough to play the romance game.

Under the clever direction of Kyle A. Thomas, this swift production, also featuring the musical direction and accompaniment of Li-Wen Weng, puts four hard-working actors through their paces.

The ensemble, comprising Cody T. Johnson, Ranae Wilson, Cedric Jones and Cara Maurizi, barely has time to breathe from one number to the next, but they make it look so easy —- much easier than romance, as we watch them tackle such things as being single, having children, getting divorced, online dating (it was video dating back in the day), in-laws, out-laws and saying goodbye.

If you're human, this production will make you smile. If you are looking for fun things to do this weekend, this charmer is well worth the two-hour investment.

Tricia Stiller serves as director for the McLean County Diversity Project's Theatre Program, the Miller Park Summer Theatre Program and the Penguin Project McLean County. She can be contacted at

If you go

What: "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" by Joe DiPietro, music by Jimmy Roberts.

Where: Second Stage at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley, C.

Performances: Today at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15.

Running time: 2 hours, including a 10-minute intermission.


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