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.

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