Review: Love and other bruises

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I Love You Now Change 450x600THIS is the second production seen at the Q of this witty, perceptive slice- of-life musical revue.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” explores, through a series of songs and vignettes, being single, dating, marriage, loss and heartbreak, and the tribulations of pre-internet heterosexual romance.

For this production, director Stephen Pike has gathered an accomplished cast all of whom impress with their ability to create a collection of funny, colourful and quirky characters to breathe fresh life into situations that occasionally seem a bit cliché and dated.

Among this versatile cast, Krystal Innes displays impressive vocal abilities in “I Will Be Loved Tonight”, as does Christine Forbes with “Always a Bridesmaid”. Jenna Roberts provides many highlights among which are her poignant monologue, “The Very First Dating Video of Rose Ritz”, and her exuberant duet with Dave Evans, “Marriage Tango”. Nick Valois shares his best moment with a teddy bear, and Greg Sollis demonstrates unsuspected talents as a stud.

Consistently witty direction by Stephen Pike, sensitive accompaniment by Lucy Bermingham assisted by Vanessa Driver and Jason Henderson, combined with Brian Sudding’s cheerful, abstract set design adds a professional burnish to this delightfully entertaining show which is marred only by the clumsy scene changes that constantly interrupt its flow.





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