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Rent Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 70



1.0 star rating Lisa Richards from San Francisco, California


Rent at San Francisco Golden Gate Theatre. Wow that was something else. Something bad. It was so loud we had to cover our ears because you could not hear the lyrics anyway unless you looked at the monitor. Acting was bad. Bad casting. There was no real chemistry between Roger and Mimi. Watch some shows from other cultures and learn casting. If there is no chemistry between lovers the show will suffer. You can't fake it audience is too smart. There were times I thought they will turn the show around and it would get better but it never did. I read all the bad reviews but I still went to see it. Don't be making that mistake again.

1.0 star rating Harold from San Francisco, California


Be forewarned- this is a non-Equity, very cheap — and very unsatisfying— production. The acting (if you can call it that) is at the level of a community college production at best. The sound is awful- way over-miked and so poorly mixed as to render the dialogue and singing largely unintelligible. The lighting is pathetically bad — much of the time you can not even see the actors’ faces. SHN should be ashamed of themselves for tricking audiences into thinking this would be a Broadway caliber production.

2.0 star rating Lisa from San Francisco, California


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.

2.0 star rating Stacey Richards from Salt Lake City, Utah


My husband and I look forward to attending the theater and have done so in many places around the country and in London. This is a big show and must have been wonderful when it first ran but the 20th anniversary production was a big disappointment. The characters were not able to pull out much emotion. Their delivery of the play was disjointed and the vocals unmemorable. I would guess that a fifth of the theater emptied at intermission. These stories rang flat. How sad. We did stay for the whole show and I am glad we did because that was our reward for enduring the first half. Then the cast’s timing was better and we started to care. Unfortunately it was too little too late. Please note that this an adult show.

1.0 star rating from Salt Lake City, Utah


My husband and I attend theatre all over the world. We’ve never left a show...until today. We couldn’t wait for intermission! This production was horrible! Couldn’t understand songs, many vocals off key, no energy with the actors. It was simply dismal! Do not take kids or your Mom!

2.0 star rating Peter Lewis from El Segundo, CA


My wife and I had dearly wanted to love Rent at The Pantages. We had never seen the show so we were newbees. By the intermission we realized how disappointed we were. While the staging and some individual performances were very good, everything else did not succeed as a production. The band was much too loud so that it drowned out the cast. As a result, we could not understand any of the lyrics. What a shame. In effect, the entire plot and points of view of the characters were unavailable to us. The voices of the cast were generally strong. Since we could not understand what they were singing, it was a waste. They might as well have been singing in a foreign language. We were very disappointed that we were so disappointed. We left during intermission.

1.0 star rating Stan from Los Angeles, California


I've been a big fan of Rent. Such a deep and meaningful story, beautiful songs, and the characters that speak to most of us.. But the show in July 2019 in Hollywood was a total disappointment. Too loud music relative to the voices, the actors were mumbling so that you could barely understand them. It seems they took away some parts that made the whole story illogical and not clear. The actors were great and talented - but not for Rent. Disaster. I regret I paid $100 for the ticket.

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