It's that sort of poignancy that continues to hold Rent's audiences — that, and its celebration of a compassionate, accepting community. Its lyrics, music, and book are not stand-out as musicals go, but as a celebration of both a particular cultural moment and a timeless one, it endures — and it had my neighbors in the audience humming along.
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RENT | by Jonathan Larson | directed by Michael Donovan | Produced by Lyric Music Theater, in South Portland | through March 5 | 207.799.1421
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