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Bent

From 26 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Relevant

About the show

A tragic love story set in Nazi Germany, Bent follows the journey of Max, a young gay man from Berlin, who learns to accept himself and to love in the face of horrific and impossible odds. Intended for mature audiences. More…

From the show:

Ripe with sexuality, humor, and brutality, Bent sheds light on the widely untold history of the persecution of homosexual men during the Holocaust.


Member Reviews (26)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Relevant
84
Avg Score

90
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Intense, Romantic

See it if you want to immerse yourself into 1930's Germany with Nazism on the rise with Jews and gays being persecuted with a young, athletic cast.

Don't see it if you want to isolate yourself from the horror and the truth of the mistreatment of people, then and now.

Also Costumes were excellent.... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Romantic, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Persecuted fluffs are snuffed out of Berlin and sent to Dachau. Great "Max" by Bethmann. "You can be arrested for having fluff thoughts"

Don't see it if No effort re-creating 1935. Nine blocks from metro. "He's not bent, make him a Jew/Remember cocaine?/You should be wearing a pink triangle"

Also "I love you, what's wrong with that?/Don't love me/We were real, we we... Read more Read less

95
Intense, Resonant, Great acting

See it if Powerful revival of gay men, love, despair and extreme violence in 1930s Germany. See life inside concentration camp and the horrid Hat Game

Don't see it if The terror of watching what happens is too much for you. Beatings, murders, screams and chilling final moment. 2hr10min.

87
Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in Nazi insanity and a view of Gay life in 1930’s Berlin.

Don't see it if If you’re not looking for a hauntingly painful experience.

79
Relevant

See it if Gay men trying to stay true and live in a hateful world then a Nazi camp. Mostly the same as the film, from what I remember.

Don't see it if Nazis or Holocaust are triggering. Dislike gay men stories. Lower production set.

Also Diversity: all White male actors. Gay men characters.... Read more Read less

98
Must see, Well-conceived and mounted, Moving, disturbing, Intelligent, ambitious, relevant, Powerful, resonant, intense

See it if You're up for a tight, deeply felt, powerfully acted, sensitive, stripped-down production, with a beautifully cast ensemble.

Don't see it if You're homophobic, dislike Holocaust stories (however important), nudity, violence, torture—or stories with all those plus humor and love.

Also Ok, so the opened curtain in Act I should have let in daylight, and sp... Read more Read less

84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Pink triangles and yellow stars, never to be forgotten. Keep moving the stones.

Don't see it if Denial

77
Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a live production of the play even if it's a stripped-down version.

Don't see it if You don't like male nudity or gay themes or stories set during the Holocaust.

81
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if powerful intelligent well acted play worth seeing.

Don't see it if brief nudity and LGBTQ issues bothers you. 2 hours and 20 minutes.

78
Some plot hole, Low budget production, Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if How gay men struggle to survive in Nazi Germany; Refined acting from “Max” & his closeted uncle; Intimacy successfully created;

Don't see it if Cheap props & set helped little with the make-believe; Loud gunshot; Nudity (super hot tho); Pace can pick up a little;

Also One wonders why “Max” lives through the play, when everyone else has b... Read more Read less

78
Resonant, Absorbing, Slow, Sad, Intense

See it if You’re interested in seeing a mostly young, enthusiastic team stage a classic play about gays during the Holocaust.

Don't see it if You avoid bleak works. You need high production values. You can’t forgive slightly uneven acting.

Also The enthusiasm of the actors and director, who spoke beforehand, was e... Read more Read less

80
Dated, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The theme of Nazi persecution of gays interests you.

Don't see it if Sad plays set during the Holocaust are off-putting to you. You won’t travel to Brooklyn to a small, low budget venue.

Also For a small production, the actors are surprisingly proficient. Even i... Read more Read less

80
Moving, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to be moved by a piece of theater. The performances are powerful.

Don't see it if you're looking for a pricey production. This show is being put on by a cast of relative unknowns in a black box theater in Brooklyn.

95
Relevant, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Splendid work. Run! I was so impressed, l donated money on the way out! Great, tight acting.

Don't see it if It closes tomorrow. ;(

83
Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in heavy dramas about the Holocaust.

Don't see it if you're looking for an uplifting story.

70
Edgy, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if if you enjoy edgy works. Theatre that is provocative.

Don't see it if if you only enjoy fluffy comedies or musicals. Do not care for nudity, even if brief, And do not care for strong sexual language.

Also Close to a terrific production. THe acting was good, but the director ... Read more Read less

81
Romantic, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy small production put on by a few passionate people Most of the actors are doing a great job and pulled me into the story.

Don't see it if You want high production value or a very professional experience. The lack blackouts and professional sound effects can be distracting.

Also Know about the show a bit before you go in. There’s funny moments but ... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a well written Holocaust drama that is, at its heart, a tragic love story of two gay men in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany.

Don't see it if you do not like nudity, violence, LGBT, holocaust, theater in general... I don’t know - this is a beautifully acted play- give it a chance!

85
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy plays that address man's inhumanity to man.

Don't see it if you are anti-gay.

75
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like plays dealing with homosexuality during the world war 2 era and how Hitler and the Nazi's dealt with this issue.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with homosexual issues and nudity.

85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like great acting by two up-and-comers; creative story of gay relationship during Holocaust period; don't mind realistic sexual content.

Don't see it if you like large productions; dislike nudity and are uncomfortable with a very real portrayal of two gay men having a climax without touching.

Also The climax scene was amazing; so realistic and gutsy.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if like great acting and smart direction.

Don't see it if don't like small-low budget productions.

85
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want to see how gays were tortured in the holocaust in a well written and well acted and even funny play

Don't see it if You are a neoNazi, homophobic or a friend of Mike Pence

83
Dedicated ensemble, Heavy subject matter, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You enjoy work that resides within the LGBTQ cannon.

Don't see it if You are not Interested in plot lines about homosexuality, concentration camps, or wish to bear witness to acts of violence/malice on stage.

Also This is a wonderfully written play, and you can tell that this ensembl... Read more Read less

86
Intense, Romantic, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like a different kind of romantic play with strong cast, solid performance & powerful lines.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with violence & sexual acts.

Also Part 1 was filled with lots of emotions, very well-paced.... Read more Read less


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