The Last Five Years Jason Robert Brown's award-winning musical uses opposing timelines to tell the story of a doomed relationship. Cathy (April Lindsay) reveals her version via a series of flashbacks, while Jamie (Todd Schaefer) starts with their first date and moves onward toward the end of their marriage. It's I Do, I Do meets Betrayal, with the audience putting together the puzzle. The highlight of the production is the one scene the couple shares: "The Next Ten Minutes" is a joyous duet, filled with hope. Unfortunately, it comes about halfway through the 80-minute show, and things don't go anywhere after that. It's hard to know whether to blame the play or the production; in many ways the criss-crossing conceit is more interesting in concept than in reality. Presented by the Washington Avenue Players Project through August 27 at the ArtLoft Theatre, 1529 Washington Avenue. Tickets are $15. Call 314-412-5107. (Deanna Jent)
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