Artists, musicians ‘RENT’ Main Street Stage

Theatergoers can take in a show on the cheap when “RENT” comes to Lyric Arts Main Street Stage weekends July 11 through Aug. 3.

Blake Rhiner and Kyler Chase (in character as Roger Davis and Mark Cohen) rehearse a scene from Lyric Arts’ production of “RENT.”

Blake Rhiner and Kyler Chase (in character as Roger Davis and Mark Cohen) rehearse a scene from Lyric Arts’ production of “RENT.”Photo submitted

In honor of one of the play’s central themes of economic hardship, a limited number of $10 tickets (available for purchase on the day of the show on a first-come, first-served basis) will be offered for each performance.

“RENT” follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s lower east side.

“While it’s true that ‘RENT’ shows us a world that, at first, seems far removed from us here in Anoka, at its heart, ‘RENT’ is a story of people looking for love, looking for ways to live life to its fullest, and learning how to cope when illness takes someone they love dearly. That’s pretty universal,” said director Matt McNabb.

The play is recommended for ages 15 and older, due to frank sexuality and adult situations portrayed in the play.

“RENT” takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursdays (July 17, 24, and 31); 7:30 p.m. Fridays (July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1); 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays (July 12, 19, 26, and Aug. 2); and 2 p.m. Sundays (July 13, 20, 27, and Aug. 3). A post-show discussion follows the July 20 performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets ($17-$26) visit LyricArts.org or call 763-422-1838.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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