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The Reviews are in - THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a Hit - See it Now in San Pedro

08-17-2009 10:47 AM CET | Arts & Culture


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(L to R) Ray Buffer and Marla McClure in THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Jason Robert Brown at Warner Grand Theatre

(L to R) Ray Buffer and Marla McClure in THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Jason Robert Brown at Warner Grand Theatre

Two more weekends remain with 6 performances of THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West 6th Street in San Pedro, CA 90731.

John Farrell, reviewer for the Daily Breeze reviewed THE LAST FIVE YEARS and had this to say: “Good news - great news, even: "The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown, which opened Friday night at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, is a wonderful evening at the playhouse.”

“The Relevant Stage Theater Company production mixes a terrific score, two wonderful and understated performances, and an elegantly effective use of projected photographs to create a lively, joyful and sad romantic story that you'll long remember.”

“Both performers sing Brown's affecting, rock-tinged score with clarity, so you understand the important words. McClure has a clear, powerful soprano voice that projects her emotions with gentle understatement: no diva-like antics at all. She is demure and innocent as Cathy, caught up in a romance that has spun out of her control.”

One audience member remarks “Great storyline! Loved how the story is told from two different perspectives about the love, marriage and end of their relationship. Her charisma and expressions and his great potent voice make this romantic musical worth seeing. Aside from the fact that it will make you appreciate your relationship and see it with new eyes! Plus the 1931 theater setting is a bonus!”

John Farrell continues, “Buffer has a gravelly baritone that started out rough opening night but, once warmed up, was charmingly realistic. He is a big guy but shows grace and a gentle shyness that grows into self-assurance as he becomes a successful author in the story.”

“The production - a series of songs - works perfectly well. Music director and arranger Robert Gross has produced an effective electronic version of the original that filled the Warner and never overpowered the singers, who were mic’ed effectively.”

“The whole show, just over 1 1/2 hours long, is informed and held together by a series of photographs projected on a screen above the stage as pages of a scrapbook. There must be 100 or more, all shot and arranged by local photographer John Mattera. Mattera's photos were carefully planned and designed to tell the show's story in pictures. One example: a photo of the couple's Christmas celebration, with Cathy in front of her Christmas tree and just the top of Jamie's head in the frame, wearing his yarmulke. It told a story in one frame.”

“THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a lovely, simple piece of theater, a modern musical filled with great songs and emotions anyone who has struggled with a relationship will recognize. The performances are more than memorable, the music bright and hummable.”

Other audience members have said: “a very professionally mounted production. The actors were solid and gave good performances. The actress had an excellent singing voice. The venue is outstanding; one of the best kept secrets in Los Angeles and a historical treasure.”

“Comedic lyrics, Interesting and engaging throughout and plenty of good seats.”
“Enjoyed the show very much. Both actors performed very well, but the guy had better lyrics for his songs. We both agreed that we would probably enjoy any play that these actors were in. The Warner Grand is always a great venue.”

“Wonderfully, entertaining. Thought provoking. And contemporary. The story of love... as seen through the eyes of two people. Sometimes we look forward. Sometimes we look back. And sometimes, love is not enough. Great Musical.”
Don’t miss THE LAST FIVE YEARS playing through August 23 at Warner Grand Theatre. Call (310) 929-8129 or go to

TRS (The Relevant Stage) is a non-profit theatre company based in San Pedro at Warner Grand Theatre. Formed in 2007, TRS strives to challenge hearts, engage minds and expose truths through the performing arts.

Sally Lodge, Publicist
The Relevant Stage Theatre Company
600 S. Pacific Avenue #220
San Pedro, CA 90731

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