Not Everyone Buys 'Rent'

I was assaulted and mugged for 70 bucks on a beautiful afternoon. All this happened in the Ahmanson in two hours of commercial over-hyped electronic nonsense called "Rent."

When are we going to admit that in contemporary musical theater the emperor has no clothes? I go to the theater to hear real, live people sing, not to be bombarded by larger-than-life screaming electronic effects.

To turn theater into an electronic medium is to lose its unique human scale. If I wanted an electronic experience, I'd go to a movie or stay at home and watch a video. Pull the plug, please!

JIM YOUNG

Newport Beach

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