As with “Rent,” Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” his earlier, more compact “tick…tick…BOOM!” is a bittersweet experience laced with irony.
It is bittersweet because the show brims with his talent for music and lyrics, yet we are constantly aware that Larson died 17 years ago at the young age of 35. It is ironic because throughout the show his alter ego anguishes over never being recognized for his musical abilities, yet we know of the acclaim and success that “Rent” brought him, albeit posthumously.
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Where: Outre Theatre Company, Mizner Park Studio Theatre, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $30. Call: (866) 811-4111.
The verdict: A pre-“Rent” musical by Jonathan Larson about his struggle for recognition, performed well by a three-member ensemble with all of its inherent ironies intact.