The cast of RentWe attended Rent, at the Des Moines Playhouse, recently -- and later had the conversation, "Is Rent over? Is it actually a classic, or destined to fade?"
Writing for the Des Moines Register, Michael Morain weighed in (emphasis ours):
"The story is darker than the Playhouse’s typical summer fare (“Hairspray,” “Grease,” “High School Musical” and its sequel). It’s a little jarring, in fact, to see the guy who played Edna Turnblad (Douglas Cochrane) now dealing heroin.
But unlike a production of “Macbeth” several years ago at Iowa State, where it was hard to shake the feeling that the bloodthirsty Scots once belonged to a 4-H club, this cast makes us believe they’ve spent at least a little time on the mean streets of New York. Whether or not that’s true, it’s clear they’re believers themselves – not only in their roles but in the show’s message."