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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 71



1.0 star rating Katy from Vancouver, British Columbia


So disappointed! As others have said, I couldn’t make out the lyrics at all! I could barely piece together a storyline. No idea why the audience was encouraged to ‘moo’ along with the cast member. None of us had seen Rent before, and yet my party of four enthusiastically and unanimously agreed to leave at intermission. Very unfortunate to have been subject to this production of Rent considering its long and successful history on stage. I feel like I missed an opportunity to become a fan as so many others have through the years.

1.0 star rating KJL from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Terrible audio. Spotlights couldn't find the singers. Singers out of tune and inarticulate. Band WAY TOO LOUD. Terrible experience all around.

1.0 star rating Marie B. from Ottawa, Ontario


I was excited to attend the performance of Rent this evening at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. We had great seats. I had never seen Rent before. I prepared myself beforehand, by reading about the musical earlier in the week, particularly about the plot and important themes that are as important today as they were 20 years ago. Well... I really really did not like it! The songs were terrible, not catchy at all, and I did not feel moved by them as I so wanted to be. The sound was loud and the lyrics difficult to understand. The cast had good voices but did not have good songs to sing. The set was too busy. The choreography was terrible, no fluid movements, more just jumping around. We left at intermission. I would not recommend this musical. I love attending that musical in which the songs are inspiring and you get that pleasant feeling deep in your soul and days afterwards, you want to hear that music over and over again. This is definitely not that musical!!!

1.0 star rating Anna from Boston from Boston, Massachusetts


I love live theatre and have a ton of respect for actors who give it their all every night. I feel that these actors brought that; however, I had no idea what was happening. Totally confused. While the actors had tons of energy and enthusiasm, the music made no sense to me lyrically or musically. It felt more like noise. Dialogue should be updated so we understand what was happening at the time. Never left a show early until now. Didn't even make it to intermission.

1.0 star rating Bh from Boston, Massachusetts


Awful.have never left a show before. Wish I hadn’t spent $200 per ticket. It was so awful I was angry with the world.

1.0 star rating from Dayton, Ohio


Couldn’t follow story nothing but loud disjointed music left at intermission

1.0 star rating Clif from Denver, Colorado


Wife and Left at intermission ( with approximately 100 others) due to being irritated that the vocals were as clear as mud. We couldn’t make any sense of the story and subplots. Not sure what caused this problem but the folks we spoke with all agreed.

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