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Review-The Last Five Years- Aurora Theatre

2016/5/25 — 12:32

I'm a big fan of The Last Five Years. I've seen it several times. I even saw a lesbian production in Austin a few years ago. I know this musical and love it. Writing about a show you've seen many times is always harder than a new experience. But as usual, I'll do my best to see this production with new eyes and through the vision of the director, Marek Steenkamp.

The Last Five Years is one of the most produced plays in regional theatre worldwide. It's easy to see why. It's very simple to produce with minimal props, set and costume requirements. It has great songs, two cast members and is very hard to mess up. Just get the casting right and you've got a solid show. Aurora Theatre chose to put their trust in Bobby Burns and Mimi Burns (no relation) for the parts of Jamie and Cathy. 

First and foremost, Mimi Burns knocked the roof off the Fringe Club last night. Her voice was shockingly good. She was undeniable as Cathy and I predict to see her on a Heckler ballot in a few months. It was one of the best performances I have seen in months. I highly recommend you see this show, simply to see her sing "A Summer in Ohio". I cannot rave enough about how beautiful her performance was. Not only was her singing amazing, but she had the vulnerability needed for the part. The audience laughed, cried and rooted for Cathy throughout the night. 

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Bobby Burns had a much more difficult task when playing Jamie. At times, the character comes across as unlikeable. He's a very complex character to play. Personally, I had wished Bobby had pulled back the theatricality in his performance. The best parts were when he simply stood still and sang from his heart. "I Could Never Rescue You" was lovely for its simplicity. I would have loved more moments like that for Jamie; as that's where the audience's sympathy for the character lies.

Mr. Steenkamp made good use of the Fringe stage. It is a small space and he did his best to use every inch of it. There were some levels in the set design, that led to some beautiful moments. There were some small technical issues in the production with uneven sound levels, mics popping and lagging transitions; but these are minor and I'm hoping these will be worked out through the run. 

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Aurora Theatre's The Last Five Years is a truly enjoyable experience and an excellent representation of Brown's musical. It is my understanding that it is sold out for the rest of the run but should a black market ticket come on sale, nab it. Mimi Burns performance as Cathy is not to be missed. 

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