Rent's Due

I may be one of the few that didn't discover Rent until the failed movie attempt last year. I had low expectations of the film, and they were soon being met with the eponymous opening number. Fast-forward to two hours later, and I'm bawling into my popcorn. Soon after, I bought the CD, memorized the lyrics and found myself counting down the days to the DVD release, along with wondering why Rosario Dawson didn't pull an Oscar nomination for her role as the pole-dancing heroin addict Mimi. I hear the movie adaptation was better than the stage version. Now I have the chance to find out if that's the case at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. The life of late-'80s bohemian artists onstage in the huge glossy theater should pose an interesting question. Is this how writer Jonathan Larson wanted his portrayal of struggling modern beatniks shown? Or would the surroundings of a dank, tiny space be more appropriate? Hard to say with his larger-than-life songs set against the intimate relationships of his characters. And I probably don't even know what I’m talking about. Rent begins Friday for five performances only at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Call 972-744-4650 or visit
Fri., Oct. 13, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 14, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 15, 2 & 7 p.m.

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