Monday, August 3, 2015

Theatre Review 'Bent' exhibits enduring power of love, courage and identity

By Charles McNulty
“Bent” boldly confronts the sadism and murderous violence that the Nazis unleashed on their prisoners. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
CALIFORNIA---Moisés Kaufman's muscular revival of "Bent," which opened Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum, renders what many had written off as a parochial drama about the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany into a gripping tale of love, courage and identity that today can be universally appreciated for its enduring theatrical power. A landmark of gay theater, playwright Martin Sherman's "Bent" premiered in London in 1979 with Ian McKellen before being produced on Broadway with Richard Gere just as his "American Gigolo" fame was kicking into high gear. [link]