Onstage: I Love You Because

If you're a Jane Austen fan at Know Theatre's regional premiere of the 2006 musical 'I Love You Because,' you'll feel as if you know this story. In fact, composer Joshua Salzman and lyricist Ryan Cunningham co-opted the plot of 'Pride and Prejudice,' rev

If you’re a Jane Austen fan at Know Theatre’s regional premiere of the 2006 musical I Love You Because, you’ll feel as if you know this story. In fact, composer Joshua Salzman and lyricist Ryan Cunningham co-opted the plot of Pride and Prejudice, reversing the central characters’ genders. If you don’t know the novel, fear not: You’ve heard this story before — break-ups, rebounds and opposites attracting. The show is ideally suited to Know’s young, urban audiences.

Meticulous greeting-card writer Austin (Fang Du) and his slovenly but good-natured brother Jeff (Daniel S. Hines) share an apartment. When Austin’s long-term girlfriend cuts him loose, Jeff crassly advises testing the waters. Their first victims are roommates Diana (Jenny Guy), a daffy actuary, and Marcy (Courtney Brown), a free-spirited photographer who’s just ended a relationship. Nothing seems promising on a first meeting via a dating service.

The show continues through Feb. 21.

Read Rick Pender's full review here.

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