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I Love You Because

It's Who You Know Productions

Posted: 07/7/2011 3:12 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/16/2011 5:03 PM | Updates

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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

Tickets: $10

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Updated on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 5:03 PM CDT: Adds review

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