Queen City Theatre Company continues their local production of “Bent” through Nov. 17. Be sure to check out our write-up and review here, plus some thoughts from other local publications below:
Griffin was first inspired to reproduce the play after a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland last year. This trip, coupled with hearing a homophobic sermon by N.C. pastor Charles L. Worley, led him to start working on Bent.
“So much has changed, but so much hasn’t changed,” says Griffin. “There is still this crazy hatred and fear for something people don’t know about. And to hear a reverend at the pulpit behind his congregation say we should just put gays and lesbians behind electric fences … that’s really scary.”
The Charlotte Observer:
Glenn Griffinâ€™s direction is elegant and precise and Tim Baxter-Fergusonâ€™s set design, with its tower of barbed wire, is spare and sobering.
â€śBentâ€ť is tough stuff â€“ an unflinching, often disturbing examination of cowardice and courage in the face of withering human cruelty. Harrowing though it may be, this is theater at its thought-provoking best.