[Roger]'s new love is Mimi Mrquez (Jen Hernandez), a club dancer and drug-addict. The dance at her entrance, staged on a balcony, is one of [Anthony Salatino]'s most stirring contributions. They are visited by Tom Collins (Jordan Barbour), a gay anarchist and computer whiz, who brings along his love Angel (Jose Sepulveda), a short, blond-wigged drag queen. Inserting tension to this ensemble is the traitorous Benjamin or Benny (Antwayn Hopper), once a roommate of Roger, Mark, Collins and [Maureen] who has married into society, wears a neat gray suit and now lives in the loathed suburbs. Worse, he has become the intransigent landlord of the building whose demand to raise the rent could drive everyone out onto to the cold street. The Rent of the title embodies a pun, also meaning "torn apart."While [Mark] nominally leads the action, fielding annoying calls from his mother (Katie LaMark), more of our attention flows to the growing relationship of Roger and Mimi, with some of the most interesting musical numbers. Their quiet duet, "Light My Candle," is actually adapted directly from [Giacomo Puccini]. "Out Tonight" and "Without You" would make a compelling show all by themselves.Removed from the love stories, three players make especially strong impressions, the diminutive drag queen Angel in the duets with his boisterous lover Collins, "You Okay, Honey" and "I'll Cover You." Collins has an even bigger moment reprising "I'll Cover You" in the second act. The incomparable Maureen, arguable the juiciest role in the show, scores with the over-the-top performance art number, "Over the Moon," with its loopy Laurie Anderson-ish lyrics.