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  The Last Five Years at Theater Wit

The Last Five Years

Theater Wit
1229 W Belmont Ave Chicago

Written by Jason Robert Brown, "The Last Five Years" premiered at Northlight Theatre in 2001; the subsequent 2002 Off-Broadway production received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics and was nominated for five additional Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical. The piece explores the five-year relationship of Jamie and Cathy, the beauty and difficulty of balancing professional and personal passions, and the nature of love and loss.

Presented by Kokandy Productions

Thru - Aug 25, 2013

Price: $32

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-975-8150

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins; no intermission

  The Last Five Years Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...But darned if Glover's production doesn't tug at the heartstrings enough to make skeptics like me forgive some of the flaws in the material. Crucially, DeSelm and Hendrix play twin baby grands facing each other, and the latter's reaction shots while at the keyboard are particularly effective. Kim Lawson and Lilianna Wosko provide lovely accompaniment on violin and cello, respectively, and for the most part the songs come through with rich clarity and smart simplicity. Those who love this show more than me, or those who have never seen it before, should definitely check it out."
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Kerry Reid

ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...Whenever I am in doubt about the quality and future of musical theatre with all the unnecessary film making a transition to stage (Ghost, Sister Act, Flashdance, Footloose, Rocky, The Bodyguard), I can now close my eyes and remember this perfect production to restore my faith in the theatre Gods."
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Michael J. Roberts

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...So sure. Kokandy’s Last Five Years is a tad underdeveloped and doesn’t always take dramatic advantage of the openness of its material. But at the same time, it also doesn’t obfuscate or overcomplicate the show’s purposely lean emotional through line. Powerful and resonant when it matters most, more than anything, this production is a solid testament to the enduring power of Brown’s revelatory score."
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Anthony J. Mangini

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Mr. Glover's simple, less-is-more style focuses all our attention where it should be: on these two talented artists playing out their story of love, ambition, jealousy and regret. Jason Robert Brown should consider visiting here to see how his popular, bittersweet, autobiographical musical has been sweetly re-imagined in Chicago."
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Colin Douglas

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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