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May your reindeer be wired and bright
Jonathan Postal
May your reindeer be wired and bright

When Jason Robert Brown decided to compose a Broadway-style play that told the story of a relationship's meandering death, he set out on the road less traveled. Brown combined his penchant for unique storytelling with infectiously poppy songs, and the end result was The Last Five Years, a spare, moving tale of deviating dreams and cross-cultural love that made Time Magazine's best of 2001 list and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics. The relationship between Jamie, a good Jewish boy and Kathleen, a nice Irish Catholic girl, is ruminated upon and deconstructed through songs such as "Shiksa Goddess," "Still Hurting," and "The Schmuel Song." Catch this off-Broadway musical today at 2:00 or 7:30 p.m. in the Stafman Lounge of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach. Tickets range from five to ten dollars. Call 305-932-4200, extension 127. (PEGY)

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