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Why love didn't work, from each party in 'The Last Five Years'
Why love didn't work, from each party in 'The Last Five Years'

Talk about burning a candle at both ends: Jason Robert Brown’s semi-autobiographical 2001 two-character musical, “The Last Five Years,” is a song cycle about a youthful love affair going down in flames — one partner's perspective told in forward chronology, the other's in reverse.   At Ventura's Rubicon Theatre under Stephanie A. Coltrin’s accomplished direction, emotionally rewarding performances showcase the compositional facility that has established Brown at the forefront of contemporary musical theater. Understanding the forward/backward narrative structure going in helps keep track of the way points along the respective...

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