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Went last evening to see a play with my pals Cyndee and Robin. They are both big theater buffs, and I've been wanting to do more of that. The play was called "The Last Five Years", and sounded like it could be interesting. It's a musical and is the story of a couple's relationship and eventual breakup, told from both sides. The wife sings about it from the end to the beginning, and the husband sings about it from the beginning to the end.


It was put on my the Theater Department at the U of U, and the two young actors really sang and acted their hearts out. The word that kept coming to my mind was that it was very "earnest". Like they really believed they were playing in something profound. And I think if you were to ask the playwright, he'd probably think he'd done something very profound as well. If I was still in my 20's, I might have felt that way, too. But I'm not, and it all just ended up being quite depressing and left me feeling less than inspired. The worst was that there was plenty of unnecessary foul language (I don't think I've heard so many F-Bombs in the whole time I've lived in Utah).

After we left, and feeling in need of a pick me up, we went and got some frozen yogurt, after which I came home and finished the last part of "The Slipper and the Rose". I'd had too much of reality and needed a little soothing make-believe. And I felt much better.

I think last night's performance was the last night of the run, but if you ever get a chance to see the show anywhere, and if any of the above are not your cup of tea, I'd say to skip it, and move right on to the yogurt and fairy tale. Trust me. You'll be glad you did.


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