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Reviews of Rent

What Critics Are Saying

"The world would certainly be a better place if love were the measure of a life." –BroadwayWorld

"It’s a magnificent rock musical featuring a mix of talented locals along with out-of-state actors, directed and choreographed with precision, heart, and soul by PCS associate artistic director Chip Miller." –Judy Nedry

"Theater companies need a heap of talent for a successful performance of Larson’s Rent, and the cast of Portland Center Stage once again exceeds expectations." PDXParent

"A revival of Rent sells itself—the iconic musical is a cultural phenomenon, and its many ardent fans will jump at the opportunity to see it where it belongs, live on stage." –The Portland Observer

"However, one of the most revolutionary aspects of this musical is how it has touched generations of queer individuals, especially children. Director Chip Miller brings this up in his note." –The Log, Lewis & Clark College

"Loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera La Bohème, Rent is a rock musical that was revolutionary at the time of its Off-Broadway premiere in 1996. The production went on to win four Tony Awards, including Best Musical." -The Huntington News 

"Mr. Larson has proved that rock-era song styles can be integrated into a character-driven story for the stage with wildly affecting success." -The New York Times

"Rent now feels like a time capsule in many ways. It’s a portrait of a frenzied time at the end of the millennium." -The Mercury News

What Audiences Are Saying

"Phenomenal energy. My aspiring artist child was thrilled with the entire experience."

"One of the best performances of any show I have seen in a while! I forgot how much I love Rent and this cast really brought it to life and reminded me of how relevant the show’s themes continue to be."

"Top-notch production. Outstanding voices."

"Haven’t seen Rent in 23 years. Loved this production and looking forward to seeing more shows here."

"The show gave me goosebumps multiple times. The cast was wonderful and I can’t wait to see tick, tick ... BOOM!"

"Brilliant piece of art performed with excellence."

"Phenomenal! Want to see it again tomorrow!"

"Enthusiastic and talented actors/singers brought this story to life and clearly communicated the theme of needing love and support in difficult times. Clearly, much work went into this production, including the building of the urban set and the dramatic visual background scenery. Thanks to all involved."

"An amazing performance!! I literally am blown away by the talent I saw on stage."

"First time seeing a musical live on the stage, and this did not disappoint! Amazing job to the whole cast and crew!"

"Superb performances by all of the cast. The energy level was astounding. Sets, choreography, costumes, everything was excellent."

"If you have the time, go see this show. The actors are absolutely phenomenal and have the kindest hearts. Literally such a beautiful show with beautiful people. 10/10 recommend."

"I laughed, I cried and I got chills during many parts of the performance. The energy was moving and left us wanting more."

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