Fort Collins’ Bas Bleu Theatre opens its 27th season with a quirky and delightful comedy, Mr. Perfect, not only written by William Missouri Downs but directed by him as well.
Zooey is a flight attendant who is addicted to the world represented by romance novels – and especially by romance novels as narrated by men with sexy voices.
As chance (or fate?) would have it, Jeff, the narrator of the most recent audiobook she’s been listening to, is on her flight – something she only realizes when the two of them cram into the teeny-tiny airplane bathroom in an effort to join the “Mile High Club.” Things do not go well, however, and the two part ways…but probabilities and coincidences see to it that they will meet again.
Bas Bleu’s production of Mr. Perfect is a fast-paced romp performed by a cast with great energy, comic timing and chemistry.
Brikai Cordova plays Zooey with endearing, breathless charm. Zooey is ready to go to bed with any man who attracts her eye, but only in the context of the romance novels that she loves so much.
Adam Verner as Jeff has the deep, attractive “narrator’s voice” that all romance novels need. As with the rest of the cast, he has a fine sense of comic timing, whether it’s trying to figure out Zooey’s particular foreplay needs or the rather forceful desires of the author of a series of self-help books (which, as it turns out, he has also narrated.)
Down’s direction is crisp and sure, something you’d expect from the man who wrote the play itself. The staging, from the cramped bathroom to the wider spaces of Zooey’s apartment, or an outside street, or a couple of airline seats, works well. The play, by the way, takes place today….if today were 2009.
Mr. Perfect is running on weekends until September 30, 2018. Get a ticket and get on board for what may be a life-changing experience. Or…it may not.
How to get there
Bas Bleu is located at 401 Pine Street, in Fort Collins. This small, intime theatre only seats 99 people so it’s a good idea to reserve tickets ahead of time or come early. There is a small parking lot, but you’ll probably need to find parking on the street. Be careful not to park in front of businesses.
There are a few restaurants quite close to Bas Bleu, so why not have dinner and then the show?