Musical examines relationships from cradle to grave

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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Love is in the air at Sutter Street Theatre with their new musical, “I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Opening Feb. 12, the play is directed by Susan Mason and stars Gillian Tarkington, David Holmes, Stephanie Zito and Ryan Adame. “They take on all the various roles,” Mason said. “The set changes a little bit and their costumes change. The actors all get to play various ages.” She said the story tracks the phases of relationships from dating to death. “The show is mostly humorous, but there are some poignant moments,” she said. “There is one scene where a man is singing ‘Why do I love you?’ to his wife over breakfast. He is singing about how he could have had an affair but he’s still there.” Connie Mockenhaupt, one of the theater owners, said the play is doing better than expected with early ticket sales. “We are selling this show really well,” Mockenhaupt said. According to Mason, the musical is the second longest-running show Off Broadway. The theater will be doing two shows on Valentine’s Day, at 4 and 7 p.m. Mike Jimena, co-owner of the theater, said it gives couples something to do. “They can come down to the show and go to dinner at one of the local restaurants,” Jimena said. While the show isn’t for younger children, according to Jimena, the story appeals to many. “Everyone can relate to some aspect of this show. It’s very positive,” said Mason. She said working with the actors has been great. “They are very professional,” she said. “They’ve all had experience on stage.” So much experience, that one of the actors is very familiar with her part. “Gillian has done this part before,” Mason said. “They all have really nice voices and they are trained.” Don Chaddock can be reached at Post your own reviews at * * * KNOW AND GO What: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Extra 7 p.m. show on Sunday, Feb. 14. Through March 21 Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom Cost: $23 general, $21 seniors & SARTA, $18 children Info: 353-1001,