Rein pours his hopes, hurts and longings into all his numbers. He sells his songs not simply with his rich vocals, but with his whole being -- from animated hands and fleet feet to rubbery expressions and sensitive eyes. The musical has elements of classic
"The Last Five Years," which has low-key staging by musical director
The show uses an inventive narrative structure to relate the story of a relationship. Writer Jamie's story is told from beginning to end. Catherine tells her part of the story backwards, starting at the end. Like ships passing in the night, the show's two perspectives meet in the middle on the marriage duet, "The Next Ten Minutes." Again, Rein was stellar, while Shervey, who reportedly had a cold, struggled. She could not muster much on the high or low end of the register. And her energy was low.
Lots of theaters offer Cupid-themed programming in February to capitalize on the season of roses and chocolates. "Last Five Years" is a bit of counter-programming -- a charming valentine on the precarious nature of love.
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