After intermission we immediately get wowed by the unforgettable "Seasons of Love," with its touching countdown of a year — "Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes." Also, we finally hear the composition that Roger has come up with, after a year of agonizing. But "Your Eyes" is a harmless little bit of sentimentality that doesn't stand up to the other songs here, especially his plaintive early anthem of hopefulness, "One Song Glory," in which he expresses hope to write one thing that will live beyond his inevitable, premature death.

Much has been made of the fact that Rent's creator died the night before its off-Broadway premiere; Larson's Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards were given posthumously. When you attend the show, you can pick up brochures and information from the service organization AIDS Care Ocean State. Thank you, Ocean State Theatre Company, for caring about what Larson was writing about.

CORRECTION An earlier version of this article misattributed the cause of Larson's death.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Theater, hair, Rent,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BEE'S THAI CUISINE  |  July 16, 2014
    On the radar of Providence foodies, the ding of Bee’s Thai Cuisine has grown increasingly louder and brighter.
  •   THE FINAL COUNTDOWN  |  July 16, 2014
    Strap in for a fast-paced adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery.
  •   A SO-SO SATIRE  |  July 02, 2014
    There’s this poor country whose medium of exchange is goats (actually, promises of parts of a goat — promissory goats).
  •   PROFOUNDLY SILLY  |  June 25, 2014
    It’s been more than a half-century since Eugène Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano , was written in a burst of splenetic post-WWII exasperation over the ludicrous behavior of his species.
  •   TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY  |  June 18, 2014
    It doesn’t hurt that Angels In America is, in several regards, the greatest American play ever written.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ