Jun. 20, 2012 - Issue #870: Food Trucks
I Love You Because ...
A crooked smile, a snorting laugh, maybe a few misplaced freckles—many, including ourselves, may consider the features that make us unique the very features that make us flawed. But when it comes to love, those flaws can not only be overlooked, but also adored.
"It's not about loving someone anyway, it's about loving someone because," explains actor and musical director Mackenzie Reurink, summarizing the very heart of the romantic musical I Love You Because ... . It is a playful debut production for Three Form Theatre—a company formed, like all great ideas, at a party. Friends Reurink, Anthony Hall and Steven Angove, who are also all recent grads of Grant MacEwan's Theatre Arts program, were independently mulling over the same notion of starting their own theatre company and figured they might as well do it together.
Though the trio agrees that this modern musical take on the complexities of falling in love is a great way to introduce Three Form to Edmonton, according to Reurink, the cast's opinions vary when it comes to romance.
"The six of us are all in weird, different places romantically in real life," says Reurink. "We pretty much have one person for each [point of view]. Someone cynical, someone so in love, someone who is like, 'Well, I don't care.' We're all over the place."
The musical itself follows that arch of opinion from one extreme to the other. Starting out with four New Yorkers who have lost that lovin' feeling, these love-ick characters have to learn to overcome their own expectations of who they think they "should" love in order to realize who they do love.
"It's nice to be reminded of that—you don't have to constantly be finding the perfect man," says Reurink, talking about how the play has impacted her own views when it comes to relationships. "I don't know how the others feel, but it's nice to adopt that into my real life."
Though it sometimes takes a while to figure out, the lesson is simple: "Someone doesn't have to be perfect for them to be your perfect person."
Tue, Jun 26 – Thu, Jun 28
Catalyst Theatre, $15 – $17
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