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Rent Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 77



1.0 star rating Linda from New Orleans, Louisiana


If I could give this a 0 I would. Horrible performance. I am a season ticket holder and left at intermission, as MANY others did. Went to the restroom before intermission and the restroom was FULL of people who were disgusted and said they were leaving. Singing was terrible. No flow to it--you could not figure out the story line--and I KNOW the story line. Singers were not of acceptable quality. Worse than high school quality performance.

1.0 star rating Lucy from New Orleans, Louisiana


Walked out at intermission and so did a large part of the audience. Very disappointing. I knew what RENT was about. Not sure what was wrong but you couldn’t understand most of what was said or sung. Zero energy. Maybe the cast enjoyed New Orleans too much? First play I’ve walked out of in a long long time.

1.0 star rating Lisa from Worcester, Massachusetts


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.

1.0 star rating SKIPPER from Worcester, Massachusetts


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 Cindy Jackson from Cleveland, Ohio


This performance was a real snooze fest. Very substandard acting. The staging of the keyboard player/arranger was terrible. The entire show at the Playhouse we are left staring at his backside. He sticks out and is almost part of the cast! They should have tucked EVERYONE in the band out of site. This wouldn't have helped this show, but who sees the backend of a piano player during a professional stage show?

1.0 star rating Allan Licht from Cleveland, Ohio


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 Molly from Cleveland, Ohio


I have seen RENT 5 times including tonight. What a huge disappointment! A whole new generation won’t have the ability to fall in love with these characters, the songs, the passion. If you are going to bring back something as amazing as RENT, respect it and do it right! There was zero passion or acting going on. Many actors were off key or Unable to hit the notes at all. I felt no connection or even care for these characters. More so they ruined RENT for me. I will never go see another production of RENT for Fear I would see this again. The story was impossible to follow, characters were soulless and songs were yelled not sung. The end scene with Roger and Mimi was ridiculous. This cast has placed a horrible cloud over RENT and destroyed it for future generations. Lastly the whole thing seemed rushed and glued together.

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