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Matrimonial mishaps celebrated in musical

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I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts; directed by John Caywood; continues July 25-29, Aug. 8-12 and Aug. 22-26. ("Beehive" plays in repertory on alternate weeks.) Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. All seats reserved. Tickets range from $10 to $15 ($30 for cabaret seating). Reservations: 435-649-9371 or 888-243-5779.

PARK CITY — "Well I've walked down the aisle as much as Liz Taylor . . . " begins the lament sung by a bridesmaid. But she's not bemoaning the fact that she's never been a bride. Oh, no. She's distressed about the dresses she's had to wear.

"Don't wear taffeta or people will laughatya," she advises. And satin is just something to look "fatin." Unfortunately the friends who have such bad taste in clothes have equally bad taste in men. Every one of their marriages has ended. The bridesmaids' dresses are ironically intact — because even the moths hate them.

"Always a Bridesmaid," is one of the scores of amusing scenes in the musical, now being performed at the Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre in Park City. This play is about dating and loneliness and finding (or not finding) the right person. It's mostly laugh-out-loud funny, although there are some poignant parts, too.

Teri Cowan plays the perpetual bridesmaid. Audiences will recognize her because she has been acting and singing in Utah for 20 years, most recently at Salt Lake Acting Company and the Grand.

Lori Rees, on the other hand, is making her debut at the Egyptian. She is especially touching in a solo, "I Will Be Loved Tonight." Kurt Proctor shines in "Sex and the Married Couple," where, after having picked up all the Legos, he puts on a pair of bikini underpants over his sweatpants and grabs his wife and dances the tango (choreography by Brent Schneider). Kim Blackett is at his best in "Funerals Are For Dating," as a widower trying to pick up a widow by offering to share a sandwich with her at a viewing.

The musical director is Steve Barlow. He's joined in the band by James Clark, Linda Clark and Teresa Welch.

Sensitivity rating: The script includes some swearing and several of the scenes are all about sex (most memorably, "Satisfaction Guaranteed," about personal injury attorneys asking to be invited into your bedroom, with their pledge, "If your partner doesn't take you to heaven, we take him to court.")


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