History Theatre / Rent

1st Dec '17 10:06:57 PM tioseafj
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* AmbiguousGender: Angel. An unusual case, as it isn't because of androgyny, but because Angel is DMAB, dating a gay man, dresses like a drag queen, acts femininely, and is hinted to prefer the pronoun "she" but apparently doesn't mind masculine pronouns either. Their actual gender is never explicitly stated, so it's entirely up to the actor, director, and perhaps audience.

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* AmbiguousGender: Angel. An unusual case, as it isn't because of androgyny, but because AmbiguousGenderIdentity: Angel is DMAB, dating a gay man, dresses like a drag queen, acts femininely, and is hinted to prefer the pronoun "she" but apparently doesn't mind masculine pronouns either. Their actual gender is never explicitly stated, so it's entirely up to the actor, director, and perhaps audience.
25th Oct '17 4:25:47 PM Snowsky
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-->'''Maureen:''' You are the one I choose
-->Folks would kill to fill your shoes
-->You love the limelight too, now, baby
-->So be mine and don't waste my time
-->Cryin', "Oh, Honeybear, are you still my, my, my baby?"
25th Oct '17 3:44:44 PM Snowsky
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* UptightLovesWild: Joanne and Maureen.

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* UptightLovesWild: Joanne and Maureen.Maureen, a prim, proper by-the-book lawyer and a free-spirited, spontaneous performance artist.


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* YourCheatingHeart: Discussed. In the movie, Joanne and Maureen have an argument at their engagement party, where Joanne brings up Maureen's flirting with another woman at the Kink Club. When the scene segues into "Take Me or Leave Me", Maureen retorts that she shouldn't have a problem with it--she may flirt with other women ([[BiTheWay and men]]), but Joanne is her one and only. Joanne isn't placated.
25th Oct '17 3:40:38 PM Snowsky
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* {{Hypocrite}}: During their fight in "Take Me Or Leave Me", Maureen and Joanne sing about how they refuse to change and demand that the other accept them the way they are, while at the same time criticizing each other's flaws.
25th Oct '17 12:07:01 PM Alden2
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* AmbiguousGender: Angel. An unusual case, as it isn't because of androgyny, but because Angel is DMAB, dating a gay man, dresses like a drag queen, acts femininely, and is hinted to prefer the pronoun "she" but apparently doesn't mind masculine pronouns either. His actual gender is never explicitly stated, so it's entirely up to the actor, director, and perhaps audience.

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* AmbiguousGender: Angel. An unusual case, as it isn't because of androgyny, but because Angel is DMAB, dating a gay man, dresses like a drag queen, acts femininely, and is hinted to prefer the pronoun "she" but apparently doesn't mind masculine pronouns either. His Their actual gender is never explicitly stated, so it's entirely up to the actor, director, and perhaps audience.
22nd Oct '17 9:15:59 PM astrakhan
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** Collins' obsession with his stolen coat in Act 1 is likely because his inspiration in ''La Boheme'' spent his only aria bemoaning the loss of his coat.
9th Oct '17 2:49:58 AM MeaJae97
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* BrokenAesop:
** We are told we should all live our lives to the fullest because we could die tomorrow, and there is no day like today. But if you do happen to die, you can come back to life through The Power of Rock. The concept of there being "no day but today," which is sung about a lot, is subverted in the second act through the use of passage of time: the first act, in which the mantra occurs extremely frequently, takes place in one day while the second takes place over the course of a year (in which the mantra is shown to be faulty at best).
** Rent also likes to complain about how hard it is to be an artist, but any kind of artistic job working for someone else would be selling out. One wonders what would happen if Roger actually starts selling CDs. Or, indeed, if Rent itself becoming so extremely lucrative means we shouldn't listen to it as it sells itself out...
**For people who spend the whole time talking about love and loving life, the circle of friends seems to have a lot of cheating, poor communication, and emotional sniping at each other - no one is enjoying themselves very much, or following Angel's lauded example. And, for that matter, Collins, who spends his time loving Angel and loving life with Angel ends up pretty much broken because of Angel's death.
27th Sep '17 6:18:59 PM DesertDragon
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** Unfortunately this works against Benny's character. His PetTheDog scenes in the second act -- where he pays for [[spoiler:Angel's funeral]] and Mimi's stay in rehab, and encourages Roger to get back together with her near the end -- were cut from the film, making him purely the villain rather than a member of the group whose life and career took him in a different direction, complicating his relationship with the others while still being their friend. The film arguably suffers for losing this nuance. Though it also removes the bit near the end showing that his wife found out about his infidelity.

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** Unfortunately this works against Benny's character. His PetTheDog scenes in the second act -- where he pays for [[spoiler:Angel's funeral]] and Mimi's stay in rehab, and encourages Roger to get back together with her near the end -- were cut from the film, making him purely the villain villain, rather than having a member of the group whose life and career took him in a different direction, complicating his complicated relationship with the others while still being their friend. The film arguably suffers for losing this nuance. Though it also removes the bit near the end showing that his wife found out about his infidelity.
27th Sep '17 6:14:49 PM DesertDragon
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* Mimi Marquez: An exotic dancer. Like Roger, she has AIDS and a drug problem. She tries to pursue a relationship with him, but their respective pasts get in the way.

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* Mimi Marquez: An exotic dancer. Like Roger, she has AIDS and a drug problem. She tries to pursue a relationship with him, but their respective pasts get in the way. She and Angel are best friends.



* Angel Dumott Schunard: A mischievous, HIV-positive drummer who falls in love with Collins. Debate rages over whether Angel is a [[{{Transgender}} pre-operative trans woman]] or [[DragQueen just likes the clothes]] or gender non-binary, even on this very wiki.

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* Angel Dumott Schunard: A mischievous, genderqueer, HIV-positive drummer who falls in love with Collins. Debate rages over whether Angel is a [[{{Transgender}} pre-operative trans woman]] or woman]], [[DragQueen just likes the clothes]] clothes]], or is gender non-binary, even on this very wiki.



* Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III: Mark and Roger's landlord. He used to be their roommate, until he married into money and "sold out". He has something of a {{Frenemy}} relationship with the others.

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* Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III: Mark and Roger's landlord.landlord and Mimi's ex-boyfriend. He used to be their roommate, until he married into money and "sold out". He has something of a {{Frenemy}} relationship with the others.
11th Sep '17 7:58:45 PM theknack101
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Benny disappears from the movie adaptation after the funeral scene. Everything from him paying [[spoiler:for Angel's funeral and Mimi's rehab]] to his [[spoiler:wife finding out he cheated on her and dragging him away]] doesn't occur or even get mentioned, though the former things were filmed, just cut out of the final release.
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