Arts & Entertainment

Richland Players opening new season with repeat of popular production

RICHLAND, Wash. - A little more than a year ago, the Richland Players performed I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change for the first time.

That debut was one of the most well-attended plays the theater group has seen in its 50-plus years of existence.

If you missed it last year, then never fear because I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change will kick off the Players' 2008-09 season Sept. 12 at The Players Theater in Richland.

The secret of this musical comedy's success could have something to do with the story's exploration into the joys of dating, romantic love, marriage and the interrelationships of lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws.

There's some sass, irreverence and plenty of humor woven into the dialogue. The scene stealers are many, as the plot dances around those uncomfortable first dates, the battle over chick flicks versus guy movies, traveling with the family, as well as the fear many people experience when suddenly finding themselves having to start all over after a relationship ends.

The show has been described by some music critics as "Seinfeld set to music." You'll just have to go and judge for yourself.

The play calls for one pianist and one violinist to handle the music for each performance, featuring Tri-City musicians Mary Kay French on violin and Sheila Zilar Gephard on piano.

The show is being directed by Rick James, who also directed last year's presentation. The cast includes original cast members Tom and Lois Powers, Jessica Ballard, William Bradt, Sergio Bueno, Art Klym, Ted Miller and Barbara Parsons. New to this year's cast will be Kelly McFadden and Heather Ruane.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is recommended for teens through adults as each short sketch applies to all age groups.

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