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'RENT' features young bohemians looking for love

COURTESY PHOTO - Cast members practice La Vie Boheme during a rehearsal of RENT, playing at Theatre in the Grove from Feb. 26 to March 13.Theatre in the Grove will stage a production of “RENT” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at 2028 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove.

Set in the East Village of New York City, the play is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.

Directed by TITG veteran Darren Hurley and loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme, “RENT” follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV and AIDS.

How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provide the narrative thread to this musical that has become a cultural phenomenon with a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

The play features songs including “Tango: Maureen,” “La Vie Boheme,” and “Seasons of Love.”

The musical production will run from Feb. 26 to March 13, with curtain time for evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors (ages 60 and up) and youths (17 and under). They can be purchased online at theatreinthegrove.org or at the box office on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. — or anytime in the hour before a performance.

“RENT” contains mature themes and language, so parental discretion is advised.