“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” – Three Notch Theatre Review

Image from The Newtowne Players’ FB Page

It’s February and love is in the air… or is it? Depends on your experience with this “crazy little thing called love” 😉

The Newtowne Players’ next production is a fun musical called “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” written by Joe Dipietro (fun fact: He also wrote “Over the River and Through the Woods if you saw that performed at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park, MD in the past) with music by Jimmy Roberts.

This is an entertaining show for you and your loved one to enjoy together. It runs January 31-February 16, 2019. Here’s a quick summary directly from the Newtowne Players’ website:

“This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as ‘the relationship.’ From dating and waiting to love and marriage, the show takes us through the agonies and triumphs of in-laws, newborns, family trips 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, to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’” — www.newtowneplayers.org

Mitch (Chad Mildenstein) instantly regrets bringing girlfriend Karen (Sarah Pollard) home
to meet the parents (Emily Quade and Neil Compton).

“The family that drives together” paints an all too familiar picture of car trips with kids.
Neil Compton and Emily Quade battle through traffic while trying to keep Noah (Chad Mildenstein) and
Emma (Sarah Pollard) from fighting in the back seat.

This production only has four actors playing about 12 different parts each. Sarah Pollard and Emily Quade are cast as “Woman 1” and “Woman 2” while Chad Mildenstein and Neil Compton are cast as “Man 1” and “Man 2”. Throughout the performance, each of these incredibly talented performers showcase their singing, dancing, and acting abilities by transforming themselves into various characters. Each of these characters was relatable to at least one audience member, if not MANY more! This entire show talks about experiences with dating, mating, marriage, kids, old age, and everything in between! I was in awe of their talents throughout the entire performance.

The set design was rather simple overall, but it was a perfect choice. It was able to easily be reimagined as various locations- living rooms, bedrooms, subway stations, even public restrooms! Set designer Christopher Maulden knew what he was doing with his design choice.

There were MANY costume changes (especially some pretty quick ones!) and various props and set pieces, put on by an excellent stage crew, especially a stand-out one who made just a simple job of moving pieces onto a set entertaining to watch as an audience member. Normally the stage crew is not supposed to be seen or heard, but I liked that at times, they were interacting with the actors- it helped the flow of the show. The fun costume choices were chosen by Marie Waltrip & Rosann Stamper, while props were done by Robin Finnacom. 

This show is one that I believe everyone can relate to one way or another. It is human nature to love and to be loved. Director Stacey Park and assistant director Mike Sokoloff, along with music director Kylie Teston, help this show highlight all aspects of love- the good, the bad, and the REALLY bad!

It is mostly a comedy, but there are a few heartfelt parts of the performance that will make you stop and think about the love of your life. 

Now I will say that this show is rated PG-13 for sexual situations and mild language. So go ahead and leave the kiddies with a babysitter and go have yourselves a date night- trust me, you deserve it!

If you don’t believe me and want more information directly from the cast and crew, check out “What’s the Buzz” with host James LePore in this video below (and give the FB page a “like” if you can!):


Check out this production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” running January 31-February 16.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:30 PM.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for Seniors/Students/Military and $13 for children.

Let me know in the comments below – Are you going to see this show? If you saw the show, what did you think?


James (Neil Compton) learns that sometimes the macho guy cries at the movies when he
takes Jane (Sarah Pollard) to a chick flick.

Arthur Beasley (Neil Compton) demonstrates how to pick up ladies at the funeral home as he woos and eventually wins over Muriel (Sarah Pollard).


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