So you know that episode of FAMILY GUY when Brian and Stewie see some guy do a one man 'does-all-the-voices' life show, and that episode of FRIENDS when Chandler gets stuck at the theatre and the lady comes out and shouts 'WHY DO YOU HATE ME! Chapter 1.. MY PERIOD'.. well, this is what this show is like. However it is a completely watchable and gripping show, but for ALL the wrong reasons. Who knew an actor could be that self absorbed whilst that level of tragedy surrounded him? - Cassox
10 Sep 12
Without You brings to life some of the memoir written & published by Anthony Rapp in 2006. Itís a passionate story of love and loss, love for the brilliant Rent and his starring role as Mark Cohen, which first hit the stage in New York in 1994 and for Rentís author Jonathan Larson who died tragically on the eve of the off-Broadway premiere, intermingled with memories of the loving relationship with his ailing mother and her sad, untimely death.
Rapp is joined on stage by a 5 piece band, performing in Rentís, rock style. The cello played by David Edmonds particularly resonated for me, perfectly capturing the tone and feel of the show.
Featuring excerpts of several songs from Rent, including Seasons of love, La Vie Boheme, Without You, it begins with Rapp performing REMís Losing My Religion, his audition piece for Rent. The evening also includes several songs written especially for this production.
Rapp performs all the numbers with the soaring, powerful voice that served him so well in Rent. Always engaging, he delivers a beautifully moving performance as he recounts this turbulent period in his life and the people in it Ė Larson, Rent director Michael Greif, co-star Daphne Rubin-Vega, his father and family members and most poignantly of all, his mother.
I hope this latest visit to the UK, first in Edinburgh and now London will be the catalyst for future visits here to work because Anthony Rapp is a talented actor. This show is not just for Rentheadís. Anyone who likes honest, heartfelt theatre will enjoy this show.
- Paul Wallis
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