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Rent Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 84



2.0 star rating Kristen Duesel Oleske from Paper Mill Playhouse 2023


I was so excited to see Rent after so many years - but this production was awful! I do not fault the acting but the production. It was like reading a book with chapters missing! Mentioning AZT pills was not enough to highlight the struggle of the AIDS crisis and was completely lost on most of the audience. The character development was lacking so much depth that there wasn’t a “wet eye in the house” when Angel died. Really disappointed.

2.0 star rating Deniss from New York, New York


The direction brought this wonderful show with outstanding music and talent cast to levels of just bearable mediocrity. The show dragged, memorable songs were performed by cast hidden behind staging and other times with their backs to the audience. I've seen this show three previous times and loved it every time. This time was an exception.

1.0 star rating Tom from Cincinnati, Ohio


Went to the 12/14 performance in Cincinnati. This could have been so much better... not sure anyone advised the cast of what AIDS was like in the '80s and '90s. There was no chemistry on stage, especially during Act 1. Roger and Mimi - take some voice lessons! Off key was more frequent than on-key. And Angel needs to go to a few drag shows to see what a real drag queen is like. Act 2 was a bit better, but overall, I've seen better high school productions. This is the second poor show we've seen in the Broadway series this year (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the other). Seems like casting for these shows is becoming increasingly difficult. For the current high prices for tickets, we will be reconsidering our choice for 2019/2020. Sure hope Hamilton has a worthy cast.

1.0 star rating E. Sack from Cincinnati, Ohio


Oh my.....left at intermission and have NEVER done that before in my life! Kiddos, your sound was bad. Couldn't understand a word. Mark and Roger needed enthusiasm for your characters. Benny, you need to play in JesusChrist Superstar; your voice can handle it because near as I could tell you have the range. Mimi, you tried, but it's a hard demanding part. Angel, you were my delight! And Maureen? There's a difference between enthusiasm and over acting. You accomplished the later. Joanne, Light My's a hard song. Look y'all, you're young and RENT is big. And this time you just didn't knock the ball out of the park.

1.0 star rating Mary O'Meara from Richmond, Virginia


Went to see the show at the Altria Theater Richmond, VA and couldn't wait for intermission. As soon as the lights went on for intermission there was a mass exodus to leave. Music was boring, couldn't understand the actors speaking, stupid story line. If I could have given zero stars I would. Don't waste your money

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.

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