Rent is not the latest hot new thing on stage, fellow babies. The La Bohème-based rock musical is 18 years old. You won't go to jail for spending the evening with it. It can vote and buy cigarettes and serve in the military. But there's nothing wrong with liking a grownup, especially when the Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre production of Rent features some of the same astonishing young performers as the acclaimed Spring Awakening that closed a couple of weeks ago.
This old warhorse of a show ran 12 years in NYC, got Broadway's Nederlander Theatre reopened, and helped introduce a new generation to musical theater (mixed blessing though that may be). All thanks to a story about a bunch of artsy-fartsy types protesting The Man and struggling with the AIDS crisis.