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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

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5.0 star rating Angela Miranda from hershey, Pennsylvania

RENT

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I’ve wanted to see this live for years and this was worth the wait. Cast & crew applause to you !

2.0 star rating Bud Nolker from Kansas City, Missouri

WHAT HAPPENED?

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.

2.0 star rating 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!

1.0 star rating Keith from Tempe, Arizona

RENT - LEFT AT INTERMISSION- DISAPPOINTED

From the start: Mix of band on stage and vocals were in competition all night Shout singing mixed w sound levels being off - made the story confusing Lack of chemistry between most of the characters A little over acting was to be expected but this was wayyyy over the top Left at intermission feeling that it was more an opportunity for patrons who saw the show 20 yrs ago were to reminisce- but if it was your first time ... you were totally lost and did not appreciate the inside jokes. Most disappointed with the off key shout singing.

1.0 star rating L Holbrook from Boise, Idaho

1 STAR IS BEING GENEROUS

The production I saw was worse than a high school production. The music was difficult to understand. The actors were not good. The storyline was difficult to follow. It was not engaging or entertaining in anyway. We ended up leaving during intermission along with half the audience. It was 90 minutes we will never get back. I know this show has won awards and so I am wondering if it was just this touring group or is this just a show I don't like.

2.0 star rating H.Knighten from Boise, Idaho

RENT...PASS

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.

1.0 star rating Carol Stein from Santa Barbara, California

A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT

We were so excited to see Rent and willing to spend a lot of money on our orchestra seats. I've never felt compelled to write a bad review , but here it is. The Granada wasn't the best venue for this production as the accoustics. in the theatre were abysmal. We couldn't hear the lyrics and thus could not follow the plot line. It just seemed like a lot of shouting . We left feeling uninspired and dissatisfied.

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