By Katherine Karlson

A musical revue that “confronts any of the preconceived notions you’ve ever had about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws, but were afraid to admit” is the second offering of Chenango River Theatre’s all-too-short summer season.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a funny yet truthful romp through the emotional minefield we all face throughout our lives: the search for true love and a meaningful relationship that won’t kill you in the attempt to find it.

Joe DiPietro wrote the book and lyrics, and Jimmy Roberts composed the music for a show that holds the distinction of being the second-longest-running off-Broadway production: More than 5,000 performances from 1996 to 2008.

The revue “has stood the test of time,” said Director Kory Yamada, due to its eternal subject matter: relationships of the heart.

“The great thing about the score and script is that they have held up so well,” she added. “It’s truly funny, and the actors are hilarious in their roles.”

Four actors take on multiple roles to create a series of vignettes about the pursuit of a date, a mate and fate, roughly in that order. Because the script unfolds in a roughly contemporary setting, it allows for the cast to explore different interpretations of standard characters.

“There are always trials and tribulations at the start of a new relationship, and we explore what it means to put yourself out there,” said Kimberly Wilpon. “We have all been in that situation or heard that same story from someone else. The audience will laugh in recognition.”

Billy Sharpe finds it easy to identify with all his characters through their life experiences that everyone can relate to.

“Each vignette is a slice of life — you know people like us — and it makes the show very appealing,” he said.

“During this time period, we need a chance to sit in the dark and share a good laugh with each other, and I Love You will let you see and appreciate what a gem this theater is for the area,” Sharpe added.

Jenny Hoofnagle and Vito Longo are the other performers; Karen Clark is the pianist. All four actors and Yamada are first timers to CRT. Yamada said the playful vibe they all bring to the stage guarantees the audience is in for a treat.

IF YOU GO: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will be performed July 15 – Aug. 7 at the theater, 991 NY-12, Greene. Thursday-Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Single tickets are $30. The fastest way to purchase tickets on the theater’s website,, which also lists prices for season tickets. For phone orders, there is a 24-hour reservation line (607-656-8499). It may take two to three days to process phone orders.

All performances begin on time with no late seating.

Free tickets for high school and college students are available at all evening performances. Email for reservations, which are required for the free ticket program.