These images ran in Time Out London, in the issue
dated May 27 - June 3, 1998
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The caption reads, "Rebels with a curse: East Villagers
and high 'Rent' in Jonathan Larson's musical smash. At the Shaftesbury
The 'blurb' in the Theatre section reads:
The first thing that strikes me about 'Rent' is that it
is about now,
about trying to hold together with talent and not much money on the
streets of New York today. The second thing is that Larson's book
contains an extraordinarily complicated plot; one has to stay alert and
remain imaginitively involved. The kids in 'Rent' are united against
AIDS and a rapacious landlord who wants to clear out the homeless who
live on his vacant lot. No doubt if Larson hadn't died just before the
show opened, he'd have cut and shaped the material with more finesse.
Nevertheless there are some terrific songs, and really engaging
performances. The cast's humour, rapport with the audience and
emotional commitment to the show's anthem 'No day but today' spikes the
occasional lurches into gooey sentimentality. Like 'Hair,' 'Rent' is
unlikely to join the musical canon. What matters is that it fires the
imagination today. Go and celebrate 'La Vie Boheme' in the style of
these dynamic New Yorkers.
to my RENT-in-London page