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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Last 5 Years

Fall in love with this twisty tale of he says/she says

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Love on the rocks in The Last 5 Years
  • Love on the rocks in The Last 5 Years

The construction of the two-character musical The Last 5 Years is both clever and confusing. Half the scenes are told from the point of view of Cathy (Becca Guilderson) while the other half are from the perspective of her husband Jamie (Taylor Long). Cathy’s arc traces their doomed relationship backwards from their last kiss, while Jamie’s traces it forward from when they first meet.

This production by Saints Alive! Theatre Society uses projections of social media conversations to “clarify” the story. However, I found they actually added to its complexity and were largely unnecessary because the actors were so adept at conveying their location in the arc of the relationship through their emotional demeanor.

Guilderson does a masterful job of transforming Cathy from a bitter and broken 27-year-old to the love-smitten optimist who embarked on the relationship five years early. And Long as Jamie, a young man who begins his 20s with the world as his oyster, actually seems to age under the weight of their unravelling love.

The lyrics are by times witty and poignant, and Guilderson and Long bring vocal power and finesse to a score that asks for both.

Despite the artifice of its construction, there is something very true and touching about this play.

The show is double cast, making it tempting to see it again with a slightly different spin.

Cast 1:
Becca Guilderson
Taylor Long
Cast 2:
Anders Balderston
Tamara Fifield Walsh

Tickets available online at or at the door (cash/credit only)
Adults - $15
Students/Seniors/Arts Worker - $12

Wednesday April 2 - 7:30pm (Cast 1)
Thursday April 3 - 7:30pm (Cast 2)
Friday April 4 - 7:30pm (Cast 1)
Friday April 4 - 9:30pm (Cast 2)
Saturday April 5 - 3pm (Cast 1)
Saturday April 5 - 7:30pm (Cast 2)
Sunday April 6 - 3pm (Cast 2)
Sunday April 7 - 7:30pm (Cast 1)

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