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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

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3.0 star rating from Louisville, Kentucky

RENT

Oh how I wanted to love this show and have been waiting so long to see it but, unfortunately, my husband and I left feeling let down. The singing was garbled and we could not make out most of what was being sung. Certainly there was an amazingly talented group of performers but, the overall production seemed disjointed and unintelligible.

2.0 star rating J & B A from Richmond, Virginia

MEH.

My wife & I had never seen this show, so we went to see if it could live up to the hype. Meh. A dull show with dull music. The cast gave a valiant effort, but the show is just dull.

2.0 star rating from Cleveland, Ohio

RENT IN CLE

I saw the movie before going to this production and thank goodness I did, otherwise I would have no idea what was going on! There was so much overacting in this that it made it feel very cheap. And yes, while the tone of this story is supposed to be eclectic, artsy, and erratic; this production is just all over the place and it doesn't come together to make sense. The band is on stage and collides with the singing at times. Good luck trying to decipher the lyrics. Too chaotic, too overdramatic. Some characters are underdeveloped, some singers are off key. I was just so disappointed as I really wanted to love it. The friend that came with me wanted to leave at intermission. Saw the 6:30pm performance on March 11. Season ticket holder. Row Z! Amazing seats!!!! You have to eat at Bin 216 attached to the playhouse and parking in the attached garage is a game changer. Love Playhouse Square!

2.0 star rating Therese from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

DISAPPOINTING AND STRANGE

My husband and I saw the April 20 performance of RENT at the Saenger. The set was great, and the music was also. However-I have seen RENT 3 other times, and this was by far the worst. The Roger actor was lagging behind the music from the very beginning and wasn’t “with it” at all. In fact, just before the second act began, it was announced that “The part of Roger will be played by ...” —- I have never seen an actor replaced halfway through a musical! Wow! The entire second act was just off and anti-climactic. How much of that was due to Roger’s replacement, we don’t know. The new Roger was fine, gamely playing the part even though he had DIFFERENT COLORED HAIR than the original Roger. The other main actors were good not great, except Angel, who was wonderful, and Mark, who warmed up and improved as the play went on. If I were you I’d skip this production.

1.0 star rating Allan Licht from Cleveland, Ohio

SHAMEFUL PERFORMANCE OF RENT--

My letter sent to Playhouse Square. ABL RECORDS Allan Bradley Music (BMI) 1994 Som Center Rd. Cleveland, Ohio 44124 216.904.9348 Dear Ms. Vernaci, I attended RENT in Cleveland last Sunday night March 25th. I was very disappointed. It’s very rare that I have such strong feelings about a production, but on this occasion I feel compelled to say something. Last night was the 8th RENT production that I’ve seen. When I saw the original cast with Daphne Rubin-Vega, Anthony Rapp, and Adam Pascal I was moved to the bottom of my soul. Vocally the kids sang fine last night, but their performances were passionless and uninspiring. They seemed very young, inexperienced, and disconnected from their roles. They were not even close to bringing to life their characters. I understand comparing to the original may not be fair, but these kids were average at best. I know what I saw in 1996 was a soul-stirring movement with “the best of the best,” but professional actors should have no problem recr

1.0 star rating SKIPPER from Worcester, Massachusetts

I DONE KNOW WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT THIS PLAY..

I understand how important the subjects are but I have no understanding of why it was done in this way. There is no flow to the musical, the emotional struggle is missed, the play feels like it was stuck together like a bad scrapbook made by a 5 year old. I have been to many plays but this was by far the worst. I wish i could get it out of my head. The theater is great and the seating is set up conformably, the Hanover is a great place.

1.0 star rating Lisa from Worcester, Massachusetts

A DISAPPOINTMENT

I agree with what has been said here. I could not understand the lyrics, the direction of characters was chaotic and I left with my husband at intermission. I have never left a show before! I have never seen rent before and wish I had a better exposure to it. Over acting, too much going on at any given moment and any poignant moments were lost.

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