Rent | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Rent.
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SOURCE: "Lowering the Rent," in National Review, Vol. XLVIII, No. 10, June 3, 1996, pp. 56-7.

[In the review below, Gardner dismisses Rent as mostly hype and little substance.]

I have this theory: in any given musical after 1970, there will come a moment in which the protagonist is on stage alone and sings the words, "Who am I?" This may be called the hokey-identity-crisis moment, when the character is torn between his principles and his self-interest, and tempted to take the easy way out, which threatens to damn his soul and shave twenty minutes off the second act.

In Rent, the new great hope of the American musical theater, this does not happen—or at least not quite. The protagonist, Mark, an aspiring video artist who cannot pay his rent and has no electricity or food in his house, is offered a lucrative assignment from some cheesy network news magazine. Will...

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