Review: 'Last Five Years' impressive
07:20 AM, Oct 13, 2013
The Last Five Years, which has opened the Jewish Community Center’s CenterStage season and plays through next weekend, is a thoroughly enjoyable play about the five-year relationship between a successful writer (Carl DelBuono) and a struggling actress (Janine Mercandetti).
The tale employs a rare narrative prism: His story runs chronologically and hers runs in reverse order, a bit like Sondheim’s more famous Merrily We Roll Along. I’m still working out for myself the value of that device, but I loved the dynamic performances of Mercandetti and DelBuono, and especially their very impressive singing. (It’s a sing-through musical with lots of singing.)
Ralph Meranto’s direction which involves quite a bit of crossover movement also is impressive, and the musical support is excellent.