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Musical comedy explores a variety of relationships

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By Chris Sardelli

A musical comedy exploring the mystery of romantic relationships premieres this weekend in Lancaster.

The production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," sponsored by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County, focuses on a variety of relationships, from first dates to married life. The play originally premiered last year as part of a fundrasier production and was received very well.

"We had a fantastic response and people loved it," said director David Platts, who is also a fine arts instructional specialist for the Lancaster County School District. "That's what encouraged us to include it in our series."

Platts describes the play, written by Joe DiPietro, as a "raucous, bawdy comedy" that shines the spotlight on a myriad of romantic relationships.

And because it includes so many situations, Platts said it is something everyone can relate to.

"It"s a high-paced, high-energy show that takes the audience member on a wild, fun trip through the emotions and connections in their own life," Platts said.

The show will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. It will be staged again next weekend, again at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18, at Stevens Auditorium.

The show features only a four-member cast – Wayne Carter, Andy Faulkenberry, Katie Boyd and Marybeth Holloway, an assistant professor of theater and speech at USCL. Platts said each member of the cast is on stage for most of the production.

"It's always fun to recreate a show with such a srong cast, musical production, stage crew and technical directors," Platts said.

Advance tickets for the show are available at The Purple Rooster, 106 E. Gay St., Lancaster, or by calling 283-3873. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $10 for children under 12.

For details, visit www.lancasterplayhouse.com or e-mail info@lancasterplayhouse.com.

The show contains adult content and is recommended for ages 16 or older.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416