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Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp lovers

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Igniting the night with incendiary wit [Nov. 27th, 2006|06:22 pm]
Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp lovers


[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |'Rent' ~ Adam & Anthony]

As I watched the movie version this weekend with a friend who hadn't seen it at all yet, I found myself thinking back to the first time I saw the movie (which I saw before the live version) and it really slowed me down, to the point where I was thinking about things & learning the story almost "all over again."  My friend was asking questions, things we know the answers to, like "Are we EVER going to see what Maureen looks like???"  And she didn't hear some lines in the song, 'Rent,' so I repeated them for her... which got me thinking.

I had thought Mark & Roger were reading off Mark's old screenplays that they were going to burn when they sing this:

Mark:   "The music ignites the night with passionate fire"
Roger:  "The narration crackles & pops with incendiary wit"

But now I'm thinking, with these lines, did Jonathan Larson mean for his characters to be explaining to / reminding the audience that Mark is the narrator of the story, and that Roger is a musician?  It's like towards the end:

Roger: "Use your Camera to spar!"
Mark:  "Use your guitar!"

The lines have a purpose in the song, but being that it's all onstage, there's only so much the audience can see, and so we rely on the audio to tell the story.

So my question is:  does anyone think the 1st 2 lines I wrote here are more than just them reading off Mark's old screenplays?  Or am I reading too much into this?  Thanks.


From: monochromedream
2006-11-28 12:14 am (UTC)
I always thought that they were goofing around with old songs lyrics/posters and screenplays that they were burning. I've seen the stage show 3 times and the movie like at least 15 times. To me it seemed like they were almost mocking these things they had written. Like saying how these "masterpieces" they had written were reduced to fuel.

I never actually thought they were being read off screenplays, though. I thought they were commentary.
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