‘The Last Five Years’ A Beautiful Intimate Musical Love Story

THE LAST FIVE YEARS - LA MIRADA - 1.jpgI’ve seen ‘The Last Five Years‘ written by the incredibly talented, Jason Robert Brown, three times during the past several years. That’s how much I love this two character musical. But I have to say, out of all the productions I’ve seen, including the one in New York City, this one is by far the best.

That has a lot to do with the amazing singing and acting chops of Devin Archer (Jamie) and Natalie Storrs (Cathy) and the excellent directing skills of Ovation Award winner, Nick DeGruccio.

‘The Last Five Years’ is all about love and anyone that’s been in love or wants to be in love will certainly relate to this story.

What makes this show so unique is that Cathy and James’s love story unfolds in reverse chronological order.  When the play opens, we meet Cathy, a struggling actress, who is going through the extremely painful ending of her marriage to Jamie, a successful writer.

We then meet Jamie whose story is told forwards.  He’s at the beginning of his relationship to Cathy while she is at the end.  It’s through these two funny, engaging characters that we experience love in all its stages.

The music and lyrics are fantastic and the actors bring to life the characters flaws, desires, frustrations, humor and their passionate feelings for one another.

This is a profoundly moving story, one that definitely falls into the must see category and its certainly worth the trip to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts which is located at 14900 LaMirada Boulevard in La Mirada.

The show opened Saturday, January 21st 2017 and plays 7:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm and 8pm on Saturdays; and 2pm on Sundays. The show closes on Sunday, February 12th.

Tickets range from $20 – $70 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre’s website, www.lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the theatre’s box office at 562-944-9801 or 714-994-6310. Student, Senior and group discounts are available. $15 Student Tickets available for the first 15 performances of the production. 

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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