Theater, City Picks

Bent

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through April 10 2016

Threshold Repertory Theater presents Bent, a play by Martin Sherman that tells the story of Max, a gay man on the run from the SS in 1930s Germany. Bent explores the persecution of homosexuals by the Nazi regime while managing to capture a tale of hapless love. Directed by Jay Danner, City Paper’s Best Director of 2015 and starring Patrick Arnheim, the performance is punctuated with wit, cruelty, and impossible choices. Deemed, “powerful and courageous” by The New York Times, Bent first premiered in 1979. According to Danner, “When Bent premiered in 1979 very little was known about the Nazis’ persecution of homosexuals, and, in fact, this play helped motivate further research into this dark time. This chapter of human history was not that long ago.” Danner first read Bent as a college student and its message still resonates with him today. He says, “When the lights come up, my hope is that you will realize, now more than ever, the need for more love and humanity in our lives.”

Aubrey Moore

Price: $25/adult, $20/senior, $15/student

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