"...this intimate, busily vibrant production at the Hayes, directed by first-timer Shaun Rennie, goes a long way to explaining why there are plenty of lifelong "Rentheads" out there." - Jason Blake. SMH
Sydney Morning Herald
"Producers Toby Francis and Lauren Peters will be able to dine out on their opening night horror story for months to come.
Four-fifths of the way through Act I, during the acerbic Christmas Bells, a siren started whooping. A recorded voice, just discernable under the music, ordered everyone to leave the room immediately."
"In many ways, director Shaun Rennie’s new production for the 110-seat Hayes Theatre feels like a homecoming. Rent started its life in the 150-seat New York Theatre Workshop back in 1994, and the Hayes production conjures up the same kind of excitement those initial audiences must have felt."
"Rennie and his cast of young actors have found the passion and anger which is the driving force of Larson’s work. Larson was seeing his community ravaged by a number of forces and Rent is an endlessly optimistic work with a hope that his self-made family could pull back together with love."