We're led through the horrors of the Holocaust by Max (a compelling Adam Rousar), who, along with his live-in boyfriend Rudy (Andrew Newman), is sent to a concentration camp for being gay. What starts out as almost a romantic comedy - the morning after a wild night in 1930s Berlin with a guy (Aaron Boger) Max picked up at the club owned by definitely not queer survivalist Greta (Corey DiNardo) - turns dark very quickly. For a while Max and Rudy survive on the run, with a possible hope of getting out of the country with help from Max's uncle Freddie (James Satter). But eventually they're rounded up and put on a train to Dachau. In order to survive, Max chooses to deny Rudy and even the truth of who he is, making a "deal" to wear a yellow star (Jew) instead of a pink triangle (homosexual) because the pink triangles are supposedly treated the worst (if degrees of torture matter in this situation). But a fellow pink triangle (Kjer Whiting) he meets at the camp shows him another way.
|Rudy and Max on the run (Andrew Newman and Adam Rousar)|
(photo by Adrian Lopez-Balbontin)
Bent continues through September 15 at the Phoenix Theater in Uptown (click here for details).