BAT is currently producing the musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” It is great show with a great cast, crew and designers. It is drawing well deserved crowds, it has gotten good reviews and and hopefully it will continue to draw well. (ILYYPNC runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2, through March 22. TICKETS.)
ILYYPNC touches cords in anyone who has been in, or is currently in, a relationship. A wonderful play, but not one that is produced all that often around Puget Sound.
To produce ILYYPNC is a bit of a risk, just because you do not see everyone doing it. But is not a new work, it was first produced in 1996. Next up at BAT, in May, is the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival. BAT will be producing four never previously produced scripts over four weeks. A full-length and one-act for two weekends and then a different full-length and one-act for the next two weekends. Talk about taking a risk. Will people come see these shows?
If history is a predictor, even with BAT cutting its ticket prices, the crowds will be smaller for the playwrights festival than for just about any older moderately well known play. What’s a progressive theater to do? Continue reading