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Reviews of tick, tick ... BOOM!

What Critics Are Saying

"Rent creator Jonathan Larson battles his way toward broadway in tick, tick … BOOM! Portland Center Stage’s production is an unqualified triumph.” –Willamette Week

"It's a semi-autobiographical account of his effort to break into the musical theatre world, as well as an homage to Stephen Sondheim." –BroadwayWorld

"The play is a brilliant piece of work, with catchy music and dialog, satire and comedy, beautifully brought to life by the chemistry of the three actors." –Judy Nedry

"Superb ... the three cast members together are a marvel, making the most of the gorgeous harmonies that feel so characteristic of Larson’s other work and moving together with joy and alacrity." –Portland Observer

"You walk away certain of one thing above all else: there really is no day but today." –Portland Monthly

"Portland Center Stage presents tick, tick … BOOM! A portrayal of honest love and defeating fear" –PSU Vanguard

What Audiences Are Saying

"Great production to start the season! Lots to enjoy and to think about! Loved their voices."


"Great show, wonderful cast. Clever direction."

"Powerful energy and talent!"

"Beautifully done! Excellent casting, staging, music and acting! All around A+++"

"Great vocals, music and lyrics. Loved the storytelling."

"Absolutely loved it! Would see it again. I can’t pick a favorite actor, they all had some pretty amazing moments."

National Reviews

tick, tick ... BOOM! is as powerful as ever.” –BroadwayWorld

“The origins of Rent are evident in tick, tick ... BOOM!” –Chicago Sun Times

“ONLY the most stoic will fail to be swamped with emotion.” –BroadwayWorld

“So relevant, probably more so now than ever … deeply raw and emotional.” –BroadwayWorld

“Rollicking, urgent.” –BroadwayWorld

“Full of emotional rock ballads and catchy anthems.” BroadwayWorld

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