Saturday, March 25, 2023

Review Highlights: THE LAST FIVE YEARS - The Phoenix Theatre Company

Šime Košta and Alyssa Chiarello
Photo by Billy Hardiman

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 2

"Based on an actual relationship in composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown's past, The Last Five Years is an intimate and introspective two-person musical that tells the story of a failed marriage, mixing both heartbreak and hope with a fantastic score by Brown. With two wonderful performances by Alyssa Chiarello and Šime Košta, clear direction, and gorgeous creative elements, The Phoenix Theatre Company's production is one of the best I've seen of this contemporary musical....Dwayne Hartford's direction is impressive...As Jamie, Šime Košta has a flawless singing voice and his energy and conviction to the character make us care for him more than in other productions of the show I've seen. ...With a warm and earthy yet also powerful and gritty (at times) singing voice, Alyssa Chiarello paints Cathy as an extremely powerful woman, but also a woman who is insecure and deeply hurting when we first meet her. Chiarello's strong presence fleshes the character out...offering more balance to the characters and ultimately to the musical."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

"In the two-character show, now at The Phoenix Theatre Company in a rich production, Cathy, a fraught New York performer, describes her story backward starting with today as the marriage is dissolving.  Novelist Jamie starts conventionally when the couple first meet and leads to the climax of the couple’s failed relationship.  The pair never meet on stage except when they marry. The author handles the back and forth in time with careful aplomb so audiences clearly understand what we are learning about the diverse and multifaceted individuals....a sharply defined staging by Dwayne Hartford featuring the persuasive musical and acting talents of Alyssa Chiarello’s Cathy and Sime Kosta as Jamie...The performers’ strong and distinguished vocals are aided by a fine sound system that allows dialogue to be distinctly understood."   -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

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