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Bent [Paperback]

Martin Sherman
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Oct 1979 Plays
Max is gay and sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He denies he is gay and gets the Jews' yellow label instead of the pink one given to gays. In camp he falls in love with his fellow prisoner Horst, who wears his pink triangle with pride. The subject matter of Bent - the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany - is highly charged and controversial. But it is, as Nicholas de Jongh described it in The Guardian, ...a play of importance, power and pathos which should concern us all. In its subtle characterisation and powerful analysis of human dignity under extreme duress, it is a play that transcends the boundaries of its ostensible theme.

Bent took London by storm when it was first seen at the Royal Court Theatre, London, starring Ian McKellen and Tom Bell. It transferred via the Criterion Theatre to Broadway, where it received a Tony nomination for Best Play and won The Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award. (Cast 11+m)

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Lane Press Ltd; First British Edition - Softcover edition (Oct 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906399092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906399095
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A heroic myth ... It has the laughter which Yeats asserted lay at the heart of tragedy." -- John Elsom, The Listener

Bent looks now [in 1999] like a tremendous post-war theatre classic. -- Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard

Fascinating ... a work of considerable dignity and passion -- Michael Billington, The Guardian

Sherman's truthful and shattering love story -- Time Out

Undeniably powerful -- Sunday Express

[the] extraordinary concentration camp love scene ... must figure as one of the great stage coups of modern British theatre. -- Alex Renton, The Independent

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Amber Lane Press has also published Martin Sherman's plays A Madhouse in Goa, Some Sunny Day, and When She Danced.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 14 Jan 2013
By Jack
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The best play I have ever read. Period. The bluntness of the dialogue and the beautiful way in which the character's lives are affected by Nazism is so raw and gorgeous! Words cannot describe how much this play means to me, I am changed after reading it, the least cliché way possible. Buy it. Now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fare 17 Oct 2013
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Brilliant play, complex casting but still thought provoking and powerful- a worthy addition for a play collector or performance seeker
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5.0 out of 5 stars heart wrenching, emotional rollercoaster.. 25 May 1999
By David K. (bgsbnny@worldnet.att.net) - Published on Amazon.com
this book runs the gamut from joyous hedonism to the extreme visciousness of humankind. I cannot remember the last time I was so emotionally drawn in and captivated by such intelligent, breathing, living characters. This book is a powerful must read for anyone concerned with what makes humanity tick, and the absolute evil that seems so inherently possible. A love story that trancends all generations. This is proof that the human will is a miraculous thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most moving pieces of art I have ever experienced 29 Jan 2006
By theatre is life - Published on Amazon.com
If i could give it more stars i would. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be a part of a production of this play. Everyone in the world knows of the treatment of the Jews in concentration camps during WWII. Little is known, however, of the treatment of homosexuals that lived and died next to Jews, political prisoners and criminals in these death camps. Martin Sherman sheds light onto this subject in this very chilling and in your face tale of love between two homosexuals in Dachau. You must read this play. It is very powerful and moving. It, along with the documentary Paragraph 175, has changed my life and the way I view alternative lifestyles past and present.

Do yourself a favor and buy this play. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS PLAY!!!!!! 3 Sep 2005
By P. C. Kite - Published on Amazon.com
This is probably one of the most important plays I have ever read. It is just about love surviving in the harshest of places. Don't believe the other review about the characters not being developed enough. They are. And the play is amazing. I understand the importance of it in gay literature, but that is not the reason that I feel its important. I just think it needs to be read. The idea that we can tell a person not to love FOR ANY REASON is unnacceptable. Just read it. It may change your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and important work of the drama arts 4 Jan 2007
By C. B Collins Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Bent is a powerful play about the treatment of gays during the years that the Nazi powers controlled Germany. The play starts with two lovers who are arrested and sent to a concentration camp. There, one of the lovers dies. The survivor however continues to cling to an existence and meets another gay prisoner. They move rocks back and forth across a courtyard all day. The men fall in love, despite the fact that they are in a hopeless situation and are constantly guarded and watched as they gradually starve and are worked to death. The play shows us that love may emerge from the human spirit in even the most bleak of times and places. This drama is well written and very moving. It is an important piece of gay literature, dramatizing a terrible chapter in gay history that is often forgotten and hidden.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not such an epic play 28 Jan 2014
By william - Published on Amazon.com
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heard aamazing things about the play but after buying it and reading it I found it rather lacking and not something I would consider staging myself
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