By Edith McCauley
Main Street Players of Boone County’s current production has been mounted in the Clock Tower Resort Theatre after the company discovered their Belvidere venue in the Community Building would be undergoing remodeling for the next few months. Their Clock Tower choice is a good one. In her Director’s Notes, Jennifer Thompson gives high praise to the staff: “The Clock Tower has been amazingly gracious. This would not have been possible without their extremely generous support.” The back page of the program is an advertisement for all the facilities.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change was one of the early shows done by Artists’ Ensemble. It took a bit of time to relate. Two couples, Jennifer Thompson and Ronn Gordon, Amber Litteken and Sean Gifford, assume a variety of roles that follow the love lives of those just getting acquainted to that last relationship of the senior citizens who meet at a friend’s funeral.
I had completely forgotten that the stories are told through musical numbers from “Cantata For A First Date” to “I Can Live With That.” The musical accompaniment on tape kept the performance moving well. Changes in scene and costumes were well timed, but the score is difficult vocally. Singers often need a specific melody to perform precisely on key. The tape did not adequately provide that. Lyrics can be memorized well, but keeping a tune in your head is difficult. Thompson had seen the show at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago and was so impressed, she convinced the members of the board to choose it for the current season.
I Love You… runs through Feb. 28 with performances Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28. For ticket information, call (800) 741-2963 or go to www.mainstreetplayersofboonecounty.com. When calling for tickets, the person arranging for tickets expressed some concern about audiences in a different venue. The opening-night crowd should have completely alleviated that concern.
From the Feb. 17-23, 2010 issue