Bent by Martin Sherman
I've never seen this play performed but I picked up the published text last week and found it a compelling read: I can imagine the play working extremely well if given a serious, dedicated production.
It concerns the plight of homosexuals in Nazi Germany, particularly after the downfall of Rohm.....comparatively little is known about this subject, even today, so Martin Sherman's play is probably the most widely known/appreciated work on the subject.
The central character - Max - is somewhat unsympathetic, being a bit of a chancer who always puts himself first: during the course of the play, he is made to perform some truly horrible acts (such as beating his own lover to death, on the orders of a Nazi commandant) just so that he can survive.
The play is extremely moving and certainly not a 'gay ghetto' work. In fact, anyone interested in theatre/ history/the holocaust would get a lot out of it.
I wonder if anyone on here saw the 1979 premiere (sadly, with Ian McKellen - the world's most predictable actor - in the pivotal role of Max)? Am_51, perhaps? There is also a film but the fact that Mick Jagger was cast in it (albeit in a minor role) suggests that the makers of the film didn't have the play's best interests at heart.
Last edited by Mandryka; 23-10-11 at 19:00.