The Musical «I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change» is currently playing at the English Seminar. Zeitnah attended the opening night of Upstart Entertainment’s latest production which is definitely worthy of a visit.
By Daniel Lüthi, translated by Nicolaia Marston and Andrew Fernandez
How often have you heard the saying that it’s all downhill after the wedding, or that partners will be faithful for a while but it won’t take long before their gazes wander to the next pair of trousers or the next skirt? Love, to put it bluntly, is as complicated as humans themselves – which doesn’t change the fact that it still is a central part of our lives.
Upstart Entertainment has devoted its latest production to this topic which opened on May 20 with the musical «I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change» – a title that says it all. And even here, there is no definitive answer to the question or the quest for a perfect love formula. Instead we experience a broad spectrum of relationships and entanglements loosely related to Arthur Schnitzler’s «La Ronde» passing through all stations of the human experience.
Vocal dexterity and depth
It is a credit to all four performers how they effortlessly segue from scene to scene changing into a variety of characters: the shy couple on a first date, distraught parents with whining kids during a car ride, badminton partners with commitment issues… if you add the vocal skills of all four actors with which they render all the songs so central to this musical, you get a very coherent overall picture.
At first glance the humour is predominant. Situations such as a man watching football on television, or women while shopping are as clichéd as they are entertaining and a major part of the show is geared to maximise audience laughter and applause. Nevertheless, the musical directed by Bianca Müller and under the musical direction of Brigitte Subkov manages to also strike some quieter tones: perhaps the best scene that demonstrates this is the funeral, where we see a widow and widower hesitatingly get closer as they are confronted with the harsh reality of getting older. It is moments like these, when harsh reality hits really close to home that «I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change» manifests itself as more than just light, excellent entertainment.
The opening night of Upstart Entertainment’s musical ended with well-earned standing ovations. Perhaps the most important element, the singing, is flawless and does not dip once until the end of the show.
This fact, and the always familiar scenarios of the highs and lows of love enhance the impression.
«I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change» is running until June 11 at the English Seminar of the University of Basel und is as worth seeing as listening to.
«I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change» by Upstart Entertainment at the English Seminar, Nadelberg 6
Further performances on May 27, 28 and 29 as well as June 3, 6, 7, 8 and 11.
Start: 20:00, bar and box office 19:00
Price: CHF 34.- normal, 24.- students
Tickets under upstart-entertainment.ch, ticketino.com, at Bider & Tanner and all post offices
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