Drawing on his own life, writer/composer Jason Robert Brown sought to depict both the euphoria of falling in love and the heartache that can ensue. The Last Five Years approaches the theme through a time-splintered storyline. The piece alternates between the perspectives of Cathy and Jamie, a couple in their early 20s. Brown throws in a further twist with Jamie recounting their relationship from the beginning to the end, whereas Cathy remembers their time in reverse, envisioning their story from the end to the beginning. Only at the point of the wedding do their narratives intersect. The vibrant score regularly interjects levity, emphasizing that the joy of the present isn’t dampened by the eventual future. Under the guidance of director Elena Giannetti and musical director Anith Ruth, this energetic new staging from Artistry features Aly Westberg O’Keeffe and Ryan London Levin as the imperfect lovers.