Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Play Gives Actor 'Perfect' Chance to Be a Director

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Play Gives Actor 'Perfect' Chance to Be a Director

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Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer

After 1,500 performances of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, you'd think New York actor/director Rob Roznowski would run from the off-Broadway musical screaming.

You'd be wrong.

Roznowski is directing The Jacksonville Stage Company's production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, opening this weekend at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Riverside. He was an original cast member of I Love You at the American Stage and Long Wharf theaters in New York during the late 1990s.

"I know the show so well, but I've never seen it," Roznowski said. "Many times during the run I would think how I might direct this scene differently or bring out this aspect more. So now's my chance."

The musical revue strings together a series of skits that offer a hilarious look at all the stages of love, from boy-meets-girl moments to dating mishaps to modern courtships and failed marriages. And, for any woman who has ever had to don a lime green bridesmaid dress, there's something for you, too.

Off-Broadway, the show proved to be a crowd- and critic-pleaser.

Roznowski, who knows the company's artistic director, Deborah Jordan, from their college days at Ohio State University, told her the last thing he wanted to do was re-create the original scene for scene.

"During rehearsals, our actors would ask Rob how he acted out certain scenes, and Rob would say, 'No, I want you to come up with your own interpretation.' He didn't want puppets."

Roznowski also chose scaled-down sets and on-stage costume changes. That should work well in the company's temporary home at the church. While The Jacksonville Stage Company has received positive reviews of its three shows this season, the sets and the technical aspects of each production have been lackluster.

Jordan admits that the company has had to cut corners technologically because of a tight budget. …

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