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!
DMT from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This is my 4th time seeing Rent since it first opened in the late 1990s. This 20th Anniversary Touring cast lacked diction and chemistry. If it were not for the wonderful performances of Collins and Angel we would have left at intermission. My husband, seeing Rent for the first time, left frustrated that he didn't understand their words and lost so much of the story line.
Elizabeth from Columbus, Ohio
Act 1 was boring and hard to follow, lacked character chemistry and honestly, Maureen's solo was so over-reaching it was hard to watch. Act 2 was better because it opened with the show's most memorable song (Seasons of Love) , also because the plot thickened and it was shorter than the first. I appreciate the energy ANY stage actor has to give night after night, and there were some good strong singing voices in the cast, but overall it felt like a period piece that didn't age well and I was relieved when it was over.
Bud Nolker from Kansas City, Missouri
My wife and I have seen this now 2 2/3 times, we left tonight midway thru second act. The vocals were very good, but the production itself left a lot to be desired. I would have no idea what the heck was going on if I hadn’t seen it in 1997 in DC, and in KC at The Barn here in KC. The latter production was many standard deviations better, and for $15 a ticket. The lyrics were, at times, unintelligible, the pace frenetic, and the story line totally lost. Very disappointing evening for two fans of live theater.
Gayle from Tempe, Arizona
NOT WORTH IT
After hearing about Rent for so many years we really wanted to enjoy the show. We did not. There were some good vocals here and there but overall the sound was horrible and so much so that you could not understand the songs. Since it’s a musical that meant you couldn’t understand the play unless you knew about it ahead of time. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and so really didn’t care what happened in the end. Maureen’s solo was ridiculous and mostly the actors were not convincing. A shame to spend that much money and be so disappointed. I noted that a great number of people either didn’t return for the second act or seemed to be restless for it to be over!
H.Knighten from Boise, Idaho
I was familiar with poem the show was based on as well as the show itself, and am a great fan of all musicals and shows, but this disjointed mess was so difficult to watch I left at intermission. I waited that long to be polite to the people around me. The choreography was stiff, the cast interaction was awkward at best and most of the time it seemed like each cast member was given a different script than everyone else and then they were all gathered on stage to perform at once. The story deserved a far better portrayal. The sound quality was also below the usual standards, I understand it was opening night and final stage rehearsal to an empty theater vs a full theater will change the sound, but their engineers should know how to compensate for that by now. Overall, I was greatly disappointed in this production altogether. Given the mass exodus at intermission, I don't think that my opinion was that far off of the rest of the people that left at the same time.
Lisa from San Francisco, California
GREAT VOICES, AWFUL PRODUCTION
Me and my husband was actually chocked by the low level of the production. The scenery, the lighting, the mixing, the music, the sound system, everything just felt so cheap and not worked through. The ensemble is wonderful and super talented but is left in the dark by the low level of the whole production. Very disappointing.
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