Arundel Barn Playhouse, ME

Fun-filled 'Perfect/Change' Keeps Ogunquit Audience Enthralled

“I have been trying to figure out what makes I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, now at the Arundel Barn Playhouse, so entertaining… yet it holds a capacity audience spellbound and laughing heartily for over two hours. The music may not be memorable, but it is an excellent vehicle for carrying patter songs, and every word is understandable. The staging of the family outing in 'On the Highway of Love,' by director and choreographer Gary John La Rosa, turns what should have been one more comment on men and cars into a happy blend of words, costume, music and action.”

“…It's R-rated, but a great way to spend a summer evening…”

Christopher Hyde – Portland Press Herald

'Perfect' Mixes Music and Mirth

“And the audience at the Arundel Barn Playhouse these days must be ecstatic not only with the freshness and irresistible appeal of the production, but at how the young cast, trained mostly in singing and dancing, can be so funny – and in such extremes as zany comedy and satiric parody.”

"…Director/Choreographer Gary John La Rosa rounds out the talent, adding unique touches of his own, adapting to the skills and strengths of his cast. If ever a musical were worth hearing and seeing more than once, Perfect/Change is it."

Joseph P. Mauro – The Journal Tribune

The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Extraordinary Music at TriArts This August

“Stellar performances by the leads transform and lift the current production of The Sound of Music at the TriArts Sharon Playhouse into a splendid revival of this classic musical comedy.”

“Director and choreographer Gary John La Rosa and Music Director Michael Berkeley draw out stellar performances from every member of the cast. Both should be credited for creating a production of The Sound of Music that is fresh, energetic, and relevant. After 50 years, The Sound of Music has not lost its appeal. Instead, under the able guidance of La Rosa and Berkeley and with assistance from the beautiful sets and costumes designed by Erik Diaz and Anna Hillbery, The Sound of Music finds new ways explore its message about the healing power of music for dealing with turbulent times."

“The Sound of Music is TriArts at its absolute best and offers something for every member of the family. This magical production runs…”

Diane Jackson Schnoor – The Millbrook Independent

Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Portsmouth, ME

I love this, it's perfect, now go see this one!

“The production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, now on stage at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre is pure fun, guaranteed to have audience members tapping their toes and chuckling throughout. At the end of the opening night performance, people in the audience couldn't get to their feet fast enough.”

“This is the kind of production that makes you want to get immediately back in line to buy a ticket for a second viewing.”

Gary John La Rosa, this production's director, makes wonderfully varied use of the space and limited scenery. His take varies from tongue-in-cheek satire to outright physical comedy to simple, eloquent sung conversation, and it all works.”

Mary Ann Robertson – Portsmouth Herald

No Mixed Signals Here, Seacoast Rep's Latest is A Winner

“Got it? Well if not you might just want to mosey on down to the Seacoast repertory Theatre to catch a production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and find out what everyone is talking and laughing about.”

“As for the work of director Gary John La Rosa – perfect. The staging of this piece goes a long way in making it better than good. La Rosa shows real skill in balancing his canvas, and a real knack for timing, a rather important element in this number.”

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is still playing in New York City to sell-out crowds. You can save yourself both time and money by catching a flawless performance right here in the Port City. No reason to go elsewhere. Seacoast Rep has delivered the goods.”

Jeanne McCartin – Showcase

Perfect/Change Makes Perfect Sense About Highs and Lows of Love

“I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change has been a hot ticket in New York since its off-Broadway premiere five years ago - and now that producing rights to the show have become available, theaters all over New England have been staging it. One of them, the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, is having such success with Perfect/Change that it has just added a few performances to its schedule.”

“A quick trip to the Seacoast Rep reveals the reasons for all the fuss. Perfect/Change is the kind of show critics dream of seeing: it contains not one boring moment, one weak performance or single structural flaw. At last, the chance to write an honest rave!”

“Director Gary John La Rosa has directed Perfect/Change before and it shows in the show's smooth, amusing choreography on display in this production. Sometimes not even a critic can be critical. Buy your tickets now!”

Jason Wilkins – The Portland Press Herald

Theatre by the Sea, RI

“Fourquest Entertainment has done it again with a witty and very entertaining musical…”

“Choreographer Gary John La Rosa is a master at movement which shows in this production…”

“… is delightfully choreographed as well as the rest of the show.”

“The cast will make you laugh, cry and everything in between with the clever direction and talents of each member.”

“This is a wonderfully executed production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Get your tickets soon, the theater buzz is that this show is selling out fast! I LOVED IT!”

Don Gillis – Little Rhody Theatre

Not much to change in I Love You, You're Perfect

“Theatre-by-the-Sea may be sailing into the sunset, this being its last planned season of summer stock. But it has launched its last hurrah like a theater that still means business, with an often hilarious, always slick production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.”

“A packed house Friday seemed to know just what DiPietro was talking about, as bouts of uncontrolled laughter rippled through Matunuck's barn-like performance space.”

Channing Gray – Providence Journal

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

“The first show of Theatre-by-the-Sea's 70th season is the delightful musical revue, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Director/choreographer, Gary John La Rosa leads his multitalented four member cast in this joyous two act romp, which is sure to delight all members of the audience from start to finish, giving them a well deserved standing ovation.”

“…the movement of the four performers is excellently executed and the scene is so true to life, it receives thunderous applause.”

“… a show to be proud of.”

“So for a delightful night out near the summer shore, be sure to catch this show before closing night. You won't be disappointed.”

Bill Rodriguez – Providence Phoenix

‘I Love You…Now Change’ Plays Out Perfectly for Laughs

“Men and women may hail from different parts of the solar system, but their basic need to connect with each other provides fodder for Theatre-by-the-Sea’s knockout start to what could be its last summer season.”

“…is the perfect date show, a hilarious romp through the battle of the sexes led by an impressive cast of four with great singing voices and acting talent and a flair for physical comedy. Never could I have imagined the giant earthquake of laughter that resulted from an actor’s simple reach for a tortilla chip.”

“But then, timing is everything in director/choreographer Gary John La Rosa’s staging of the show.”

“…the summer of 2003 is off to a great start.”

Janine L. Weisman – Newport Daily News

This Boy-Meets-Girl Twist is A ‘Perfect’ Fit

“…a zesty, sexy, romantic and artful delight…”

“…I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is, well…perfect.”

“Directed by Gary John La Rosa, whose guidance brought raves for Smokey Joe’s Café last summer, You’re Perfect is another hell-raising good time that played well to a sold out adult crowd of all ages.”

Michael Holtzman – Woonsocket Call

Applause From the Wings

“Theatre-by-the-Sea’s season opener was a delightful romp through the battle of the sexes.”

“Gary John La Rosa’s artful direction and choreography set the tone for this clever musical revue, now the longest running off-Broadway revue still running in NYC.”

“This was a great opening to another fine season at the TBTS.”

The Board

Mating Game Draws Laughs in Matunuck

“…Theatre-by-the-Sea’s playful and skillful take on the Off-Broadway hit, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

“Director and choreographer Gary John La Rosa – who last year staged a smoldering Smokey Joe’s Café in Matunuck – staggers the pace nicely, shuffling between antic scenes and slower ones that allow the comedy to build and the audience to find the laughter in the pauses. He’s also inventive in creating moments of physical comedy that accentuate the verbal sparring and lyrical satire.”

“It’s a delightful bit, expertly performed, and a reminder of the wonder that simple stagecraft can still provide in these high-tech times.”

“Judging from the frequency and volume of laughter, there’s something for everyone in this show, whether your taste in the comedy of human dynamics runs toward observational humor, witty lyricism, sophisticated pantomime, bawdy jokes or straight out slapstick.”

Doug Norris – South County Independent

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