Monday, September 19, 2011

Genesius' 'I Love You' is the 'perfect' pick-me-up

Photo by  Shannan Denlinger.  
Pictured from left  are Robert Aregood, Beth Linzer, Jason Denlinger, Meegan Gagnon.
By Cheryl Thornburg
Whatever has been getting you down, Genesius Theatre has the perfect pick-me-up with its current production, "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change."
The show features numerous laugh-inducing vignettes with titles like "Men Who Talk and Women Who Pretend to Listen," "Satisfaction Guaranteed," and "Sex and the Married Couple."
The ensemble cast is multi-talented, delivering spot-on vocals and great comedic timing.  The cast includes Robert G. Aregood, Erin K. Aregood, Jon Browning, Heidi Carletti, Jason Denlinger, Meegan Gagnon, Laura C. Kruse, Amanda Leam Guistwite, Beth Linzer, Nate Matz, Brad Micale, Devon Moll, Krystin Moll, Nicholas Allen Moore, Linda Reedy, Christopher Sperat, Laura Stewart and Logan Stewart-Mugno.
The songs range from the ridiculous ("Why? 'Cause I'm A Guy") to the sublime ("Shouldn't I Be Less In Love With You." The latter is a poignant ballad delivered with tenderness  by Jason Denlinger.
There are many fine performances in this production, but my favorite is in Funerals Are For Dating with Bob Aregood and Linda Reedy, who play two widowed seniors who meet at a wake. As they tentatively get to know each other, it leads into another memorable song from the show, "I Can Live With That."

Other songs of note are  "A Single Man Drought" featuring Amanda Leam Guistwite and Meegan Gagnon; "The Baby Song," by Bob Aregood;  " Always a Bridesmaid," by Amanda Leam Guistwite; and  "A Stud and A Babe," with Jon Browning and Beth Linzer, as two geeky types on a date.
Other scenes that showcase comedy skills are "Tear Jerk" with Bob and Erin Aregood;  "I'll Call You Soon" with Heidi Carletti; and "The Very First Dating Video of Rose Ritz," with Erin Aregood.
There are also some young actors in the cast who manage to steal the scenes they are in, and I suspect we'll be seeing more of them in future productions. They are Devon and Krystin Moll and Logan Stewart-Mungo.
The show is directed by Hope L. O’Pake, with Chris Sperat as music director. Choreography is by Amanda Leam Guistwite; and costumes by Shannan Denlinger.

"I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change' continues  this week with performances  Sept. 21 and  22 at 7 p.m., Sept. 23, 24 at 8 p.m. and Sept., 25 at 3 p.m. at Genesius Theatre, 153 North 10th Street (corner of 10th & Walnut) in Reading. For tickets call 610-373-9500 or go to Tickets Online at
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