For years we’ve described the Dom and Jane Show by using a trite observation made by a consultant who wandered through town, listened to our show for a couple of hours, and then bestowed his wisdom upon us. He said: “Your show is about the entertaining differences between men and women.”
He was right. We thanked him, and asked him to leave town immediately and never come back.
The reason I bore you with that bit of history is because there’s a show currently on stage at the Garner Galleria Theatre in Denver that must’ve visited with the same consultant. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is practically an embodiment of the ongoing discussions/observations/arguments that we have on a daily basis on Mix 100. Only these guys sing their own songs, and never have to play Katy Perry.
Imagine if you will an intimate cabaret-type setting, where the actors are close enough you can almost touch them (but please don’t). Then imagine four outstanding comedic performers taking on the roles of more than 20 characters, each of whom you know. Oh yes, you know them, my friend, because they are you. Or at the very least, a you from ten or twenty years ago.
ILY,YP,NC is damned funny, and it’s funny because half the time you’re shaking your head in embarrassment when you recognize yourself (or, ahem, your old self). From the first date, to the first blush of love, to holy matrimony, to raising children, to the golden years…the troupe at ILY,YP,NC has it nailed in a series of quick vignettes.
Special note: Although the writing is spot-on (with both hilarious dialogue and songs), it’s brought to life perfectly by an incredible cast. Daniel Langhoff, Lauren Shealy, Robert Michael Sanders, and Shannan Steele make this show pulse with Carol Burnett-styled belly laughs (sorry for the old reference). When a wife is told by her couch-potato husband that there’s only “32 seconds left til halftime,” her response is classic: “Is that 32 REAL seconds, or 32 FOOTBALL seconds?”
But they’re also able to mix in some poignant, touching moments, too. In particular, Steele’s solo skit of a divorced woman creating her first video for a dating service is so moving that you could hear a pin drop in the crowded room. First rate.
I strongly encourage you to skip your next movie night - please - and instead check out the remarkable talent on display in downtown Denver at I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. It’s onstage at The Garner Galleria Theatre through June 24th. Tickets at www.DenverCenter.org, or by calling 303-893-4100.