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Review: ‘Last Five Years’ gets a poignant revival

April 2, 2013 • Entertainment


This theater image released by The Hartman group shows Adam Kantor, left, and Betsy Wolfe during a performance of “The Last Five Years,” in New York. (AP Photo/The Hartman Group, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s all about timing, we often say about relationships. Usually, we’re talking about the moment we meet someone. They might be THE one. But are we ready?

But there’s also the question of how fast each person in a relationship is moving through life. And if they’re moving at different speeds, can they still move together? That’s the question composer Jason Robert Brown explores in “The Last Five Years,” which opened Tuesday in a poignant revival at the Second Stage Theatre, a decade after its first off-Broadway run.

The title refers to the marriage of Jamie and Cathy, two appealing, twenty-something New Yorkers who set out on their romantic journey full of hope, optimism and vigor. Obviously, things change.

But what stands out about this musical dissection of a relationship — call it a He-sang, She-sang love story gone sour — is the storytelling device Brown chooses. Both Login to read more

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