I’ve gone the past 2 weekends without a new Current Obsession. I’ve been trying to take some time for myself and my family on the weekends – and I’ve been so busy lately, that even scheduling posts hasn’t been an option. Prom and Wedding Season is coming up and I have been super busy in the salon! It’s tough to have 2 jobs sometimes! I did however get a chance to get away last Thursday and have a Lady Date with my friend Erin! She’s a big theater nerd like me so she was a perfect person to take and check out the Rent at OnStage Playhouse!
I grew up doing local theater as a kid. I once dreamed of going to New York and dancing and singing on Broadway. Life goals, right? When that didn’t happen I settled for just being an audience member, which takes up far less time and is much easier. I love to watch live theater whenever I can and so getting the opportunity to head down to Chula Vista and watch Rent on stage was a huge treat. San Diego has some legit local theater, y’all.
I’ve seen low budget local theater, elaborate Broadway shows in NYC and even touring companies in large theaters. Every chance I get to see people perform, and watch their passion, it’s wonderful.
This performance of Rent at OnStage Playhouse, is very bare bones, utilizing the simple props on stage to create all the sets. I was wondering how they were going to pull it off, but it was simply amazing. Rent is one of those shows that doesn’t need a ton of sets and special effects, the show and music speaks for itself. The theater holds maybe 100 people, so the show is very intimate and special. We sat in the middle of the second row, but there literally isn’t a bad seat in the house.
If you’ve never seen Rent, it follows the lives of a group of friends living in New York in the early 1990’s for an entire year. They battle with love, loss, and life – strewn with drug addiction and the rise of AIDS. It’s funny, sad, poignant and it grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go. Though the main issues of the show aren’t in the forefront of today’s society, like they were back then, the themes and messages are the same. No day but today.
The cast was amazing – so talented and while I hate to play favorites – Patrick Mayuyu (Collins) and SeeJay Lewis (Angel) stole the show.
The actor who played Roger – Daniel Newheiser, was spot on. If I closed my eyes I would have swore it was Adam Pascal (who origninated the role on Broadway) up there singing. And Eboni Muse, who played the Homeless Woman was perfect and amazing. Robert Gordon was a great Mark and Matt Arnold was a fantastic Benny. Everyone was great. It’s wonderful to see local theater pull of such a landmark show so well.
If the only knowledge of Rent you have is the 2006 movie, please go down and see this show! You need to get the full effect of a beautiful show and an amazing night out for under $20 is hard to find these days. The show runs almost 3 hours with a 15 minute intermission. The lobby has snacks for a “pay what you can” donation. Erin and I enjoyed some cold drinks and fresh air outside after the drizzly evening had slowed down, during intermission.
The show is definitely geared toward an older crowd, with strong language, themes and adult content, so get a babysitter and leave the kids at home. There were a few older people in front of us that looked uncomfortable at parts, but they seemed to enjoy it anyway.
Rent opened May 1st and runs until the 30th, so you’ve got about 2 weeks left to catch it before it’s gone. It’s almost sold out, so click here to buy tickets!
All production photos by Daren Scott
I received 2 free tickets to check out the show and facilitate my review. This review and all opinions are 100% my own.