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                                  Saturday, April 10, 2010; Posted: 07:04 AM - by Jack L. B. Gohn
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                                                                             Robert Brown's challenging 2002 musical The Last Five
                                                                             Years that works on every level. Brown's show, a succes
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                                                                         Five Years tells the story of a relationship from first kiss to
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                                                                         point in the show only at the midpoint of the relationship,
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                                                                         their wedding. So with Cathy's half of the show we are
   Classroom                                                             following the track of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll
   Reviews                                                               Along or Harold Pinter's Betrayal, knowing, as we see
   Rialto Chatter                 anything hopeful or happy, that it all ends in tears (tears we have already witnessed).
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                                  With Jamie's half we are seeing the shadows lengthen - just as the contrapuntal excitement of
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                                  new love from Jamie's side of the stage is reminding us how promising it all was when it                  The
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   Feedback                       Yes, Jamie has an affair. But the affair begins after Cathy seems to have withdrawn
   Photo IQ                       emotionally. But Cathy's withdrawal may be a reaction to Jamie's callous tendency to bask in
   Your Settings                  celebrity and ignore the mandate to keep home fires burning. In sum, there is no definitive
                                  reason why. One could as easily conclude from the evidence that they simply "grew apart," as
     Translate                    the nondescript conventional phrase puts it. Since there is no "there there" when it comes to
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      pick a language             reasons, the only lesson the play can or does teach as the audience puts all the pieces in
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                                  But it is undeniable in its emotional impact. The whole show is sung, and the sinuous, pulsing
                                  music is put at the service of the lyrics most of the time. Brown's way with words calls to
                                  mind Sondheim at his supplest. He doesn't craft tunes you can carry away, as Sondheim often
                                  does, but he serves up wistful that punches you in the gut in the same way, and leaves space                        campbroadway - Camp Broadway's Stage
                                  for wisecracks sung as if they were spoken with perfect timing. And in this show, backed by a
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                                  small, string-heavy pit band, the orchestration has a plaintive quality and a rock-y feel that
                                  calls to mind Spring Awakening. Enough said.

                                  Every element of this production is just about perfect. It's hard to imagine a better Jamie than
                                  John Loughney, loping around the stage with a constantly expressive, ever changing
                                  demeanor that keeps us off-balance with emotional surprises and funny remarks. Carolyn
                                  Myers' Cathy is equally mercurial, moving rapidly from toughness to brassy stage audition
                                  showoffiness to exultation to desolation, and back again. Each of them can deliver a sung line
                                  with the kind of expressive subtlety one ordinarily expects to hear only in speech - while
                                  landing on pitch (well, almost always) while the band lurches into an unexpected key. Even
                                  the band, behind violinist and conductor Jeffry Newberger, is tight and flexible. As always,
                                  when things are going just right, it's hard to distinguish the director's creative control from the
                                  successful efforts of the ensemble, but obviously director Jay D. Brock must have been doing
                                  a great deal right.

                                  So: just go. This is theater on all cylinders. And if you should miss the production at Limelight
                                  in April, it will be moving on to spend part of May at 1 st Stage Theatre in McLean, Virginia.
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