Producing It Yourself
'. . . the main response [to the staged reading of RENT] was that the show was unclear and structurally out of balance. In theatrical time, the first act took the longest; yet it was only one night of the story. The second act was much shorter, almost by half; but a whole year of the story took place. So there was an incredibly long setup, and a compressed wrap-up, but no center.'
-- James Nicola
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