By Jeff Strate
Originally posted on facebook February 10, 2014
The Last Five Years is smartly cast with Matt Rein and Sarah Shervy as two twenty-something New Yorkers and a superb cello, bass, guitar and piano ensemble "orchestra" directed by Kevin Dutcher. The intimate musical is poignant and captivating. I would see Jason Brown's diamond again at the Hillcrest Center's theater (Ford Parkway, St. Paul) and recommend that my friends see it.
Back in the early 1990s, composer Jason Robert Brown found himself playing at piano bars in New York City’s Greenwich Village, hoping that someone would notice his talents. He had studied composition in college, and once said that he thought he would end up as “an egghead composer with the horn-rimmed glasses and the pencil behind the ear.”
Star Tribune: “ touching... a clever musical ... inventive narrative.”
CITYPAGES: "It can be a dastardly difficult show to pull off, but the talented duo currently in the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company production do it with seeming ease."
Pioneer Press: "The emotionally conflicted conclusion proves touching, and will likely leave you impressed with Brown's imagination and the cast that brings this challenging work to life.”