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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Hey Mr., We're Sisters

So, I went with the buddies to see Rent tonight. Wow! Although, it was a bit surreal.

The first time I saw Rent was in 1998 in Pittsburgh. It was the first REAL date w/ the guy I was seeing at the time. I call him "The Actor"(those on caffe can read about him in "Actor" and "Wind"), though he was hardly a good one (from what I hear, he was actually REALLY terrible as an actor). Even if he had me fooled for a brief period of time. I was a mess then anyways.

Things ended badly, and I moved on begrudgingly, and then got over him in a flash. I don't know what it was.

Anywho, tonight, as I sat w/ my friends, I looked up to see The Actor coming in and then plopped his sorry ugly ass down 2 rows in front of me. Suddenly, I felt a sense of sorrow and then pity. Not for us, but for him. He doesn't appear to have changed, except in the physical sense. He looks worse, but I could see in those eyes that nothing had changed inside. It's just that his outside is beginning to match his insides.

Then, the movie started, and I would taken away from the past and brought into today. "No day but today." Such a sad and beautiful story -- La Boheme.

I think everyone in the movie did a fantastic job. Rosario Dawson stuck out in my mind was being fantastic in that role. She became Mimi. Everyone else was good. Anthony Rapp was as whiny as ever (though he did a good Hedwig, but that's for another time). I agree w/ Ly, Jesse L. Martin is fantastic; he brought his character back to life 10 years later. And so on, and so forth.

I think the biggest gripe is the standard "it's not as good as the play," but that's to be expected. Nothing can match the raw feeling of a play. The contact w/ the characters in a physical presence; that can't be recreated in a movie yet. It did do better than, say, Chicago in pulling you in and getting you up in their faces. Chicago was all "jazz" and no "heart" compared to Rent (sorry Renee, I still love you).

That's about it for me tonight. I'm going to sit here in the light of my Christmas tree and enjoy a bit of quiet.


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