Rent Essay

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Rent, presented at the John Anthony Theatre on the CCCCD Spring Creek Campus, in Plano, Texas is a noble replica of the original Rent play broadcasted in New York and illustrated by film. I attended the play on Sunday, March 6, 2011. Seated directly in the 5th row, front and center, my close proximity to the stage was clear and precise. With my positioning, I was able to have a full view of each of the scenes and direct access to all of the action. The proscenium theatre that hosted the play provided an elaborate sound forum and view of each of the intricate scenes of the play. I personally felt engaged in the unfolding of the play’s essential story. When the musical Rent first appeared off Broadway in 1996, it instantaneously became a hit. Tragically, the mastermind behind it, Jonathan Larson was not given the opportunity to appreciate the over-whelming success of his play, since he passed away the night of the final dress rehearsal. His death made the play that much more emotional in its focus on the contaminated and drug-addicted young people of New York City's East Village. Still, in its exploration of the lifestyles of the young men and women who dwell in the slums of New York, the play transforms into a celebration of life and the valiant struggle to survive. It was published by William Morrow in 1997. Rent is loosely centered around Italian composer Giacomo Puccini's La bohème, an opera that focuses on the experiences of bohemian artists living in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. Larson places his play in New York City , approximately one hundred years later than Puccini's work. It opens on the night before Christmas and accounts the characters' lives over the course of one year. The fast-paced production travels through a pool of vignettes that are united by a rent strike against the landlord of the run-down high-rise where some of the

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