PTE Colin Jackson Studio (Venue 17), to Sunday
It’s tough to say how Jane Austen would have handled the notion of casual hook-ups and Internet dating, but her 17th-century take on the love game provides ample fodder for a modern remake.
I Love You Because is a big-hearted blast of musical theatre inspired by Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The play follows a group of unlucky-in-love New Yorkers stumbling towards coupledom, including arts-minded, free-spirited Marcy and her unlikely match, the ever-practical Austin, still mooning over his unfaithful ex.
Barring the occasional mild raunch, the play plots a predictable winding rom-com course, and at 105 minutes, drags a bit as the conclusion nears.
Some genuinely infectious tunes and spirited acting outweigh the occasional filler and sometimes stale script. The well-practiced cast members sing their lovelorn hearts out, making this tale of opposites attracting a likely crowd-pleaser.
— Lindsey Wiebe
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Off-Broadway musical based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day New York.
Friends with benefits, greeting cards, online dating – follow Austin, Marcy, Jeff, Diana and their bartender and waitress as they try to find true love in spite of themselves.
"Infectiously entertaining! Filled with wit... terrific, refreshing fun" - New York Times
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 105 MIN