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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine’s play about the realities of love, marriage and relationships

“I LOVE you” — everyone’s favorite three little words. “You’re perfect” — first mistake. “Now change” — disaster.
The Friends of the Arts cast of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” on stage at the Charley’s Cabaret of the Pacific Islands Club on Saturday night. Photo by Raquel C. BagnolThese three phrases are the title of a rollicking musical comedy staged on Friday and Saturday at the Charley’s Cabaret of the Pacific Islands Club.
According to  director Susan Fishman-Tudor, “Romantic love didn’t always make the world go round and, if it did, judging by the statistics we read, the world may stop turning at any moment.”
Fishman-Tudor said  when the Friends of the Arts chose “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” for their Valentine’s Day musical presentation, it seemed like a good idea.
“The show is just plain fun, and the commitment by all of the cast and crew was phenomenal,” she said.
The play drew non-stop laughter from the audience as the actors and actresses portrayed different aspects of love, relationships and marriage and life in songs and dialogues.
“Everything was very realistic, and I’m sure many of us were able to relate to the situations. The actors/actresses were fantastic — one great show,” Joe Race, a local author, told the Variety.
“This is one play that people should come out to watch. The play moved very fast and people came out of the venue still laughing,” he added.
Police Officer Jason Tarkong said he was amazed by the local talent featured by the play.
“It’s wonderful to find such talented men and women who can act and also sing,” Tarkong added.
“I am urging those who are not here tonight to catch the final night because they will be missing a lot,” another member of the audience said.
The cast
The cast who played multiple roles in the hilarious vignettes are Paul Dujua, who also provided the musical direction to this and many other FOA plays; Leo F. Goode Jr. who played Scrooge in FOA’s 2007 Christmas production, sang in the 2009 Valentine’s show, and was assistant director in  “My Fair Lady”; Jerry Loyola, a former University of the Philippines “singing ambassador”; and Ruth de Lemos Loyola, a former student actress with FOA.
The other cast members are Wilden Mangahis, a 12th grader at Marianas High School who has been in several FOA, the Thespians and MHS productions; Keneisha Parks, a talented singer and performer and senior at MHS; Kimberly Parks, a sophomore at MHS who hopes to work on Broadway in the future; Roseanne Sablan, an 11th grade student at Saipan Southern High School who is also a member of the Manta Ray Band that performed at the New York Carnegie Hall competition last year; Wincel Mae Bubos, a 9th grade student at Marianas High School; Darren Cajipo, also a 9th grader at MHS; Meredith Callan, a new resident of the CNMI from San Diego who eagerly displayed her talents in her debut  performance with the FOA; and Carlane Castro, a 12th grade student at MHS who has appeared in previous shows, including “The Secret Garden.”
The production staff included assistant director Linda Wingenbach, line producer Andrew Golden, music director/poster/artwork coordinator Paul Dujua, set director Harold Easton, art director Wesley Foster, and advertising/program Frank Gibson.
The Friends of the Arts will soon be ready for another presentation slated for the end of April. Auditions will be open soon for “The Three Musketeers.” For a copy of the script, email thespians@hotmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Tonight is the final show at the PIC’s Charley’s Cabaret with a special Valentine’s Dinner from 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 for non-FOA adults, $30 for FOA adult members and $28 for students.
For tickets or for more information contact Susan Fishman-Tudor at 287-2225 or Frank Gibson at 287-7476. *published HERE)

Where to celebrate Valentine’s Day

IF you want to celebrate this special day in style or in a budget-friendly way, here are some of the top destinations to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one.
Hyatt Regency Saipan
Share a bottle of Champagne with your loved-one over a five-course dinner at Giovanni’s for $150 a couple for non-members of the Club at the Hyatt ($120 for members) today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A special menu for the Valentine’s Dinner at the Teppanyaki is available from 6-10 p.m. for $125 per person, or $100 for Club members.
Hyatt’s Miyako Restaurant offers a lavish selection of Japanese buffet for $50 per person ($35 for Club members) inclusive of beer and a glass of wine. The Kili Café & Terrace offers a delightful dinner buffet designed to suit your tastes. Miyako and Kili Café & Terrace Valentine’s Dinner is from 6- to 10 p.m.
All Valentine’s dinner options come with a long-stem rose and a box of chocolates for the ladies. For reservations, call 234-1234 extension 26.
Aqua Resort Club
For a romantic dinner tonight, head out to the Raraina at the Aqua Resort Club and indulge in a premier hearts package including 40 minutes of aroma therapy massage for two, fresh red rose and chocolates, bottle of red or sparkling wine, a special dinner, and a souvenir photo with frame, for $199 per couple.
The Couple’s Heart package consists of a fresh red rose and box of chocolates, a special set dinner and souvenir photo with frame for $75 per couple. Dinner is from 6  to 9:30 p.m.
For reservations, call 322-1234.
360 Revolving Restaurant
Dining at one of Saipan’s highest points with a superb view of the island and a spectacular sunset is within your reach. The 360 Revolving Restaurant offers a Valentine’s Dinner specials for $35 per person. Choose between certified Angus beef New York strip loin or baked Atlantic salmon fillets in red wine for your main course. Cap your dinner with the famous 360 chocolate mousse with strawberries.
Upgrade your Valentine’s dinner at $55 per person with more choices to make the day extra special. A 20 percent local discount is applicable. For reservations, call 287-4639, 234-3600 or 285-0360, or e-mail reservations@360saipan.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Café at the Park
The Café at the Park offers three sumptuous set menus for its Valentine’s Dinner main courses from 6 to 10 p.m.
Choose from a secret hanger steak and salmon fillet, or go for Set B which is fire grilled spicy marinated lamb chops and tiger prawns or Set C which is fire grilled prime ribs marinated in red wine sauce and mahi-mahi fillet.
All sets come with appetizers, soup, salad, dessert and a glass of red or white wine and bottomless tea, at $29.95 per person.  For reservations, call 233-1010/12.
Shenanigans Restaurant offers a 5-course Valentine’s dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. today.
You can the option of baked seafood, roasted rack of lamb or the Surf and Turf or NY steak, with all the trimmings for the main course, and an eat-all-you-can dessert buffet. The special Valentine’s Day dinner is $50 per person. For reservations,  call Marivic at 287-3260, Bel at 285-8324, 233-8324,233-8326 or visit www.shenaniganssaipan.com.
J’s Restaurant
J’s Restaurant’s Gualo Rai and San Jose branches are offering a Valentine’s Special available for lunch or dinner today at $19.95 per person. The specials include New York Steak, lasagna, tossed salad and minestrone soup. J’s Restaurant is open 24 hours. All major credit cards are accepted.
For reservations, call 235-8640 (Gualo Rai) or 234-6420 (San Jose). (published HERE)