Two Muses Theatre
is on hiatus beginning September 30, 2016.
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145 Ethel Court
Wolverine Lake, MI 48390
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Two Muses Theatre
Inspired by Women...For Everyone.
This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as "the relationship." Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance and to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"
General admission tickets are $23 for adults and $21 for students and senior citizens (62+) in advance. All tickets are $2 more at the door. Discounted advance tickets are available up to four hours before the performance and may be purchased online: BUY TICKETS or by phone at (248) 850-9919 during box office hours, Monday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm. Tickets may also be purchased in person one hour prior to each performance. Seating in the theatre will begin 30 minutes prior to each performance. Patrons who arrive early can grab a snack or dinner at the Monster Box Bistro and enjoy their signature coffee drinks inside the theatre. There is ample free parking and handicap accessibility.
Timeless 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' at Two Muses Theatre by Patty Nolan, Detroit Theater Examiner
Twenty years ago, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” appeared as a charmingly simple Off-Broadway show performed by four people using clever props and set pieces.Not surprising, perhaps, but certainly impressive, is that it continued to run for 12 straight years.
Fast-forward to 2016, and we are happy to report that this show holds up. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is now enjoying a delightful production by Two Muses Theatre. We can’t think of a better weekend diversion.
The musical is performed as a series of sketches that explore the social and biological mandate to find a mate. The characters are not necessarily the same people from scene to scene, but the thrust of the story advances through the trial-and-error of dating and courtship that leads to marriage (Act One) and everything that happens after (Act Two), including babies, divorce, funerals and even mature love.
It’s a lot for four people to carry, but this veteran cast makes it look easy. Diane Hill (who also directs), John DeMerell, Topher Payne and Carrie Jay Sayer embrace the opportunity to explore a variety of characters in two short hours. More importantly, these actors have theatre-trained voices; their unamplified singing is not only musically satisfying, but carries the nuanced meaning that is so vital to this particular show.
There isn’t a bad number in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and many, many memorable moments. When Carrie Jay Sayer sings “I Will Be Loved Tonight,” the deeply felt yearning bubbles to the rim without going over the top. When Diane Hill sings “Always a Bridesmaid,” she delivers the last bit of lyric with the sly twist that gives it both comic value and inherent truth. In a play that takes a somewhat cynical view of marriage, Topher Payne’s “Shouldn’t I Be Less In Love With You?” gives us a lovely, affirming moment that feels exactly right. And when John DeMerell assumes the character of an aging widower to sing “I Can Live With That” to Diane Hill, we are putty in his hands.
A shout out is in order to the hard-working Marty Mandelbaum on piano and Susan Hammerton on violin, who provide all of the musical accompaniment. They lead, lift, but never overpower the vocals and the combination is most agreeable.
The various scenes play out against a matte black backdrop, but what makes it so delightful is the use of colorful two-dimensional set pieces and props, designed to look like hand-painted, cardboard cutouts.
We love it, it’s perfect, don’t change.
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I Love You. You’re Funny. Don’t Change. by David Kiley, encoremichigan.com
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the musical sketch comedy by Jo DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts addresses very universal conflicts, situations, laughs, tender moments–all in the name of finding love. How universal? The show has been translated into 17 languages.
The version we have to enjoy this month at Two Muses Theatre in Waterford, Mich., features Diane Hill, John DeMerell , Carrie Jay Sayer and Topher Payne.Their veteran chops and chemistry keep the whole show on a high level of comedy and music.
Diane Hill pulls triple duty as actress, director and musical director. And few actresses handle uptight angst better. Even as a senior who meets an amorous phlegmy Jewish senior admirer (John DeMerell) at a funeral, she starts out angsty, but mellows in the sketch to someone who would be very pleased to have his company both in and out of bed. And we root for them.
DeMerell is a welcome sight throughout the show. He has one of the most expressive faces around, able to play a wide range of characters and do an amazing job of conveying most of that range whether he is talking or not. Topher Payne plays a range of ages, too, as well as a range of men–from a dysfunctional dope, to a Mr. Man, to a tender suitor. Carrie Jay Sayer handles everything from being sexy to self-deprecating to kvetchy in her range of characters. Her sunny presence and top-drawer vocals makes all of them go down well.
Marty Mandelbaum plays keyboard, while Susan Hammerton accompanies him on violin. The two are on top of the score throughout, playing with lovely energy, and the simple arrangements match the actors’ perfectly.
The show is a bon-bon. It all goes down easy, and is as fun to watch as two hours of Carol Burnett sketches. Done as well as the Two Muses company executes, that’s not a bad thing at all given all
the wretched news happening on a day-to-day basis.
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I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is all about relationships. Read what the cast has to say about their relationship with this hilarious musical.
JOHN DeMERELL Some people may not know this, but this show, ILYYPNC (which we affectionately call it in the Theatre World), helped put Detroit, MI. into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest building moved on wheels. If you were lucky enough to see this show at the Little Gem Theatre in Detroit, you probably know that because it was a really big deal to the Gem's new owner Chuck Forbes. He had a video of the whole moving process on a video loop. Every day when I would arrive at the theatre anticipating that I would go on as one of the male actors (I was an understudy for both men), I would see that video and smile. Now, unfortunately, that theatre building is only used for weddings and special occasions. I've heard rumblings of them bringing back live shows, but nothing is certain. I am really looking forward to performing in this show once again. It holds so many wonderful memories for me, and the show is such a joy to do. ILYYPNC show provided me with a trip to Alaska for a week--how's that for a fringe benefit? I am also very excited to see what new ideas will come out of this incarnation. When Diane told me that she was doing this over a year ago, I couldn't believe that I would possibly get another chance to make this show live, once again. The music and dialogue are both beautiful and touching and also very funny. It’s a wonderful show to share with someone you love or hope to fall in love... and grow old with.
CARRIE JAY SAYER I’ve wanted to perform in ILYYPNC since I saw it at Boarshead Professional Theater in Lansing, MI when I was a theater apprentice there. I fell in love with it. The humor, the courage, the frustrations, the disappointments, the joy, the hope…. I’ve been performing professionally for decades. Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to play such iconic roles as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls, and Anna in The King and I. Now I have the awesome acting challenge to play over a dozen lovable characters in one show. There are so many truisms, so many relatable people and situations, there’s really something for everyone. We’ve all dated. We’ve all had our hopes dashed. We’ve all doubted ourselves. We get jealous, bored, impatient, exhausted, overwhelmed. We also celebrate our achievements with elation, joy and wonder. It’s funny. It’s poignant. Comedy and tragedy. Ah! What makes for a more perfect night of theater? I can’t think of any. I’ve played many characters onstage, yet my most joyful are the roles of mother and spouse. Daughter, friend, sister, and mentor are pretty great, too. I can’t wait to share all of these roles in ILYYPNC. Life imitates art, right? We’ll laugh and cry together as we celebrate our shared humanity in this unforgettable musical.
TOPHER PAYNE I am excited to make my debut with Two Muses Theatre and to return to the world of musical theatre after a long "break" filled with directing at Open Book Theatre Company and grad school at Wayne State University. And what a doozy of a show to sing and dance my way onstage again! Nothing gets more universal then the fun and pain of relationships. My relationship advice: Get a pet. Puppies and kitties are perfect for attracting dates and even better when it comes to soothing relationship squabbles with your boy/girlfriend. No one can resist a cute puppy face. They never leave dirty dishes in the sink, and they never judge you for finishing that full pint of ice cream either.
DIANE HILL I saw this show in New York when it first opened off-Broadway and have wanted to do it ever since. And now, I get the bonus of being in it AND directing these other three powerhouse performers. We have had a wonderful time presenting musicals at Two Muses Theatre. We did a couple of heavy ones: Next to Normal and The Light in the Piazza, a couple of fun ones: At the Bistro Garden and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and our faithful audience has loved every minute of all of them. So I'm really excited to do ILYYPNC because it's literally got something for everyone. Funny songs, funny scenes, poignant songs, poignant scenes and in our new GREAT space inside the Monster Box Theatre, we are going to give you a FEEL GOOD show that will stick with you for a long time. Let's make it a date.