A COMEDIC LOOK AT DATING — In I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Christie Young, Russell Stephens, Ryan Matthew Petty and Lenessa Age showcase the good, bad and ugly sides of dating, relationships and marriage. The rollicking comical musical opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and continues through Sunday, March 20, at the Athens Theatre in Downtown DeLand. PHOTOS COURTESY MIKE KITAIF

Four people get ready for a first date, asking age-old questions: “Will my hopes be met? Will my fear dispel? Will I captivate? Or will I repel? Will I show them just how wonderful I am? Or will I be a date from #&%@?”

Find out when I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is performed at DeLand’s historic Athens Theatre from Feb. 25 through March 20.

Under the skilled direction of Mayme Paul, this rollicking production puts a spotlight on everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.

In this charming and comical grouping of musical vignettes about contemporary love’s many dangers (from the teen years through marriage, parenthood and retirement), everyone will chortle in recognition of themselves and their loved ones throughout the many reversals of modern relationships, dating and commitment (or lack thereof).

Because audience members connect so well to the cast, it is no surprise that I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change became New York’s second-longest-running off-Broadway musical. Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts’ clever and witty show about the pitfalls and joys of romantic relationships played more than 5,000 performances off-Broadway and has been produced all over the world.

The Athens Theatre invites you and your other half to join them as this delightful romp takes on the truths and myths behind “the relationship” and the “mating game,” with a powerhouse cast taking on a staggering number of roles.

AND IT’S ALSO A MUSICAL LOOK AT DATING — In a scene from I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Christie Young (front) prepares to sing “He Called Me,” while Ryan Matthew Petty, Russell Stephens and Lenessa Age just can’t believe it! The musical comedy will be performed Friday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, March 20, at the Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

Christie Young (Woman 1) and Ryan Matthew Petty (Man 1), are thrilled to be making their Athens Theatre debuts. Christie has performed on stages at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and Orlando Shakespeare Theater, as well as theaters from New Hampshire to Alaska. Ryan has brought down the house at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, The Metropolitan Theatre in West Virginia, and the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Russell Stephens (Man 2) returns to the Athens stage having most recently appeared as “Frankie” in the final weekend of Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, as well as being featured at The Winter Park Playhouse, the Garden Theatre, and the Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando.

Lenessa Age (Woman 2) has shined on numerous stages in California and will be remembered by the Athens Theatre’s audiences for her recent role in Elf.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change makes for an excellent date (and on opening night, even includes a free champagne toast) — but in light of the content, this show is not recommended for audiences under the age of 13.

The Athens Theatre is at 124 N. Florida Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

Tickets cost $31 for preferred reserved seating (rows A-E, center); $26 for adults; $24 for senior citizens; $12 for students and children; and $22 per person for groups of eight or more. A $3-per-ticket processing charge will be added to each purchase.

To purchase tickets in advance or to find out more specific information about dates, times and safety precautions, visit the Athens Theatre website at www.AthensDeLand.com.

If you are looking to purchase tickets that are socially distanced from others or tickets in the ASL/English interpreter location for our special interpreted performance Friday, March 11, contact the box office at 386-736-1500 or at boxoffice@AthensDeLand.com, and they will be able to find you the perfect spot.

Box-office hours are 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 1 1/2 hours before live performances

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