Rent | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Rent.
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SOURCE: "All in the Family," in New York, March 4, 1996, p. 65.

[Below, Simon gives a mixed review of Rent.]

In September 1914, Puccini got wind of an abridged version of La Bohème to be mounted in Lucca, and promptly wrote his publisher, "I beg you not to give them the opera. You will do me a real favor." How would he have felt about a version called Rent, which updates the Giacosa-Illica libretto, transplants the action to the East Village, and keeps only a few bars of his music, strummed on a guitar—just enough to put the rest of the score to shame? Well, with the copyright lapsed, it would not matter what he felt.

Jonathan Larson, who wrote both words and music, died at 35 of an aortic aneurysm upon returning from the final dress rehearsal a month ago. This is doubly sad when you consider that the...

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