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  • 'The Last Five Years'

    Metropolitan Youth Arts Theatre's production of "The Last Five Years," Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed two-character musical about a five-year relationship between a rising novelist and a struggling actress, premieres tonight at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, in Washington, D.C.

    The 90-minute show, which stars Ben Cherington as Jamie and Kyra Smith as Cathy, uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (starting at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.

    This is the first production from MYAT, a student-led and run group that provides an opportunity for high school students to perform, direct, tech, and produce plays. The show is produced by Sam Cornbrooks, directed by Chad Vann, with musical direction provided by James Woods and a student orchestra.

    I shot these and other photos at last night’s final dress rehearsal. It’s an excellent show, and everyone is to be commended for their efforts. We truly have some great talent in this area.