RENT at Las Positas College


Las Positas College presents RENT, the musical, April 2-18 at the college theater, 3033 Collier Canyon Road. The rock opera is about a group of young New York artists struggling to forge relationships, express creativity and find meaning, while dealing with poverty and AIDS. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students and seniors. Call 424-1166 or visit laspositascollege.edu/performingarts.

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Posted by soccermom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2010 at 8:14 am

Does anyone know if this would be suitable for a young teen?

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Posted by Claire
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

Absolutely not...this show glamorizes deviant lifestyles and the music is strictly "NOISE"...I was disgusted when I saw it and believe that the production is a poor choice for a community college that is trying to elevate it's reputation. Save your money, you can see most of what goes on during this "opera" by frequenting the BART stations near Oakland, taking a walk through the Castro or looking near a dumpster in any city alley.

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Posted by Lynn
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Yes, take a walk through the Castro and view the deviants. Is it any wonder that teenagers have a high suicide rate? Some of those teenagers are gay, and have to live in a country full of people with sick perspectives, like Claire's.

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Posted by Lorac
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 5, 2010 at 11:57 pm

It is very beneficial to first listen to the CD in order to familiarize yourself first with the subject matter. Otherwise, it
can be hard to get. Once one "gets" it, you will see that it is a both broad & deep play about love, life, struggle, & relationship. The music is fantastic & brilliant. Leave your close-mindedness behind & you will have a very valuable experience.

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Posted by Tracy
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

Lorac, very well put. My kids are "theater geeks" and have both seen the film (which is out on DVD) and one has seen the live performance. I had no issue with it whatsoever.

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Posted by Jason
a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:48 pm

In order to try to help clarify for Soccermom, there are indeed some adult themes in the show. I would say it's somewhere between PG-13 and R, but closer to the the former. There is sparse use of foul language, some sexual themes, and general adult content that some kids may not be able to comprehend. However, if you are able to appreciate the storytelling and relationships portrayed (unlike Claire above), you will find that it's a story about celebrating life and love and finding these things even in the midst of hardship. You will obviously know your child better than anyone here, so I suggest taking into account his/her maturity level and made a determination from there. It's unfortunate that some will only see the things on the surface and make a poor judgement call on the quality of the show (one that has won multiple Tony's, has been instrumental in broadening the idea of what a Broadway musical is, and has touched thousands of lives). Such close-minded intolerance is exactly what this show defies, which might be why Claire didn't like it.

For full disclosure purposes, I happen to be in this production and have been a big fan of RENT for over a decade.

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