Jason Robert Brown crams heartbreak, ambition and the constant sting of time into The Last Five Years, his musical following a novelist and actress in a dissolving relationship. His side of the story moves forward, starting with their sweet meeting, while hers moves in reverse, beginning with their bitter end. The actors only speak to one another during the wedding. Notably, Brown drew inspiration from his failed marriage to Theresa O’Neill, whose threatened legal action resulted in a song change. Chris Berry directs Grant Bryan and Reagan Wilson in The Playhouse’s production.