Critique on Rent

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Dance Critique

Rent

I went and watched the play Rent which was presented by the Ole Miss Theatre. The performance was held in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday November 10, 2011. Rent is a rock musical that tells the story of a group of friends and the struggles each one of them face in the span of one year. Each character is either struggling with life, love, or AIDS and they battle this issue throughout the course of the play. The play is intriguing in the fact that it shows the audience just how much can actually change in just one short year. The performance uses the lights, costumes, and movements of the characters to further the plot and explain the story. The orchestra during this play is actually located on stage which was very enjoyable. It made the scenes more intense and it captivated the audience. The stairs and props that made up the stage really transformed the Ford Center and made the audience feel like they could actually be on the streets of New York's Lower East Side. The lights went from being very dim to very bright depending on the scene which made the audience feel the mood that was supposed to be portrayed by the characters at that point. The characters wore street clothes instead of “costumes” per say which made the play even more believable and stay true to the story. Three scenes that I really enjoyed and that I felt really explained the play well were “Rent”, “Tango Maureen”, and “La Vie Boheme/I Should Tell You.”

The first scene I especially enjoyed was “Rent.” This part of the play was when the characters are proclaiming that they are not going to pay rent! They seem fed up even considering the fact that it is very close to the beginning of the play. This scene was extremely presumptive and all the aesthetics added to the believability of it. The lights were normal, not too light and not too dark. The costumes definitely added a lot as well The characters were dressed in their...
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