Onstage: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

The desire for love is a fundamental urge, but perhaps as basic is the drive to remake the object of your affection. That's the funny and poignant premise of Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' off-Broadway musical, which Cincinnati Playhouse staged it succe

Perhaps you’ve had your fill of holiday shows, but you want an entertaining night of theater this week to relax during the holidays? I recommend the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Shelterhouse production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The title pretty well says it all: It’s about romantic relationships — and the often amusing gap between the ideal and the reality. The first act focuses on hooking up — the ups and downs of first dates, being single, planning a wedding and establishing a balance that seems like it will work. The second act is not exactly “happily ever after” — it’s more like “humorously ever after,” from the arrival of kids to the onset of age and the loneliness of being widowed. These are perfect themes to be played out musically, and the Playhouse cast of Pamela Bob, Holly Davis, Michael Dean Morgan and Bob Walton take on an array of roles that will have you laughing, nodding, agreeing and commiserating — often at the same time. You can’t watch Perfect/Change without recognizing yourself and people you know and realizing as one of the final numbers suggests, “I Can Live With That.” Grab a friend and see this show — it’s a fine tonic for couples in the middle of December. $51-$61. Through Dec. 31.

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