Sunday, February 12, 2023

Theatre 55's production of RENT at the Gremlin Theatre in Saint Paul

Congratulations to Theatre 55 for their wonderful (and completely sold out) production of RENT at Gremlin Theatre. A cast of actors age 55 and older bring an extra poignancy to Jonathan Larson's message of living for today. Read about our bloggers' experiences with the show, and stay tuned for Theatre 55's summer production of A CHORUS LINE.
Twin Cities Community Theater Beat:
"The ensemble brought a lot of great individual moments to this show, but for me their greatest impact was in the music; RENT has so many songs that rely on a big swell of power and emotion, and this cast really delivered... Throughout the show, the ensemble made strong emotional connections with each other and with the audience."
One Fan Show:
"The performers here, instead of relying on youthful vigor (and fresh musical theater degrees), drew on hard-won life experiences and the unexpected opportunity to play characters they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to explore at this age. "
"This was my 17th time seeing RENT, and it still gets me every time. This time perhaps even more so, perhaps because of my life experiences over the past 27 years, and because of the life experiences that each one of the performers brought to the stage. Our elders have a lot to teach us, if only we would listen."
Photo credit: Rik Kutcher and Lawrence Hutera as Collins and Angel (photo by Renee Jones Schneider for the StarTribune)

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