| Final Theatre Paper | Compare and Contrast between Hair and RENT | | [Type the author name] | 5/1/2012 |
Theatre Final Essay
Theatre has been a prevalent form of entertainment for centuries. As time has progressed, the meaning behind theater has shifted to adapt with society appropriately. Different genres of theater have been emerging all throughout history and continue to emerge even today. There are so many different genres of theatre that any individual can relate to it. One can easily recall the major genres of theatre: drama, comedy, musicals. However, it is the sub-divisions within these major genres that evoke unique performances and experiences.
One branch of the musical genre, the rock musical, is simply a
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The HIV/AIDS epidemic peaked in the late 1980’s-early 1990’s. Although the virus could be spread to any individual, drug users were commonly diagnosed with this disease more so than non-drug users. As of December 1990, “more than 60,000 cases among drug injectors had been reported from more than twenty countries”. The United States alone accounted for almost 45,000 of these cases. “Behavioral risk factors for catching the HIV infection among drug users included frequency of drug use as well as the sharing of needles.” RENT portrays this darker side of society by casting two individuals as drug users to give the audience a better understanding of the drug world. One character, Roger, caught the HIV virus from a previous girlfriend after they shared a dirty needle. Although the girlfriend contracted AIDS and died, Roger was still fighting the infection. Although it is never explained how another character, Mimi, became HIV positive, she is employed at a low budget sleazy strip club and is seen throughout the play buying drugs off a dealer on the street. Drug use, however, only accounted for about one-fifth of all cases. About half the cases of HIV came about through unprotected sexual contact, particularly between two men. In RENT, Collins and Angel are two male lovers that are both HIV positive. Although both men contracted the