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Clearly, Jonathan Larson’s 1996 pop-rock demi-opera is a favorite for many theatergoers, and thoughtful critiques — specifically, what might be judged its melodramatic and meandering book — can’t begin to buck that trend, especially when the show’s accolades include a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, plus important Tony and Drama Desk awards. But Rent also appears to be the contemporary show of choice for youngish performers. With its framework based on Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent offers actors and singers a way into the personal challenges and vicissitudes of modern life — here involving career, art, sexuality, drugs and the plague of AIDS — via now-familiar characters such as Mimi, Roger, Mark and Angel, whose angsty concerns demand their serious emotional attention (and hopefully ours). Rent has appeared in Nashville at least twice as a touring Broadway show, plus Boiler Room Theatre presented a worthy local production just this past fall. Now, producer Kaine Riggan offers this remount in the apt environs of Printers Alley, heading up a directorial Ghidorah that also includes Joyce DeWitt and Patrick Kramer. Kramer additionally enacts a costarring role in an ensemble that also features Joann Coleman and Taylor Casey.
— Martin Brady

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