Janesville musical celebrates mating dance

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Ann Fiore
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

JANESVILLE—The song about baby talk speaks volumes to Zac Curtis.

Ron Brown likes the exchange between a man and woman who meet at a funeral.

Jerica Rice can understand the mating dance of the Stud and the Babe, who pretend to be something they're not.

“The Baby Song,” “I Can Live With That” and “A Stud and a Babe” are part of a collection of relationship vignettes in the musical comedy “I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.” The stories—some tender, many funny—offer insights on dating, marriage, children, mid-life and geriatric flirting that everyone can identify with, depending on their stage in life.

“There's really something for everyone,” said Rice, a senior at Clinton High School who's in the cast. “There are dating scenes from every part of someone's life.”

The show opens Thursday, April 3, and runs for two weekends at UW-Rock County.

Curtis, the director, is married with a 2-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son. His challenge is being aware that he's speaking baby talk in public or—gasp—to other adults.

“You try not to,” Curtis said, laughing.

Brown is divorced and in his mid-50s, with more life experience and less tolerance for game playing.

By mid-life, “we all have skeletons in our closets,” Brown said. “When you date at this age, you don't experience it like dating in your teens, mid-20s. At this age, I just want dinner and adult conversation—no games.”  

Rice, still in high school, sees how people her age create different versions of themselves.

“As a high-schooler, people always try to be really great instead of being who they are, to get people to like them,” she said.

Brown said the musical presents a nice balance of hilarious and tender moments.

“It's such a fun show,” he said.

The cast includes a mix of community members and students, including three from area high schools: Rice and Josh Bennett of Clinton High School and Cole Dutcher of Milton High School.

Curtis said this is the first time he has directed high-schoolers in a UW-Rock County show.

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