PLAYBILL PICKS: Timeless Love Affairs on Stage

By Robert Simonson
13 Feb 2014

Jesse L. Martin and Wilson Jermaine Heredia


Jonathan Larson measured life in love with his 1996 gritty rock opera that thrusts various interracial — and extremely diverse — relationships into the spotlight. From Mimi Marquez and Roger Davis (a drugged-up dancer and a former junkie) to lesbians Maureen Johnson and Joanne Jefferson (a flirtatious performance artist and an Ivy-League educated lawyer) to gays Angel Dumott Schunard and Tom Collins (a street percussionist and an anarchist, both living with AIDS) to filmmaker Mark Cohen and his camera, Rent explores each facet of love, including an everlasting friendship that spanned over a decade on Broadway.