"If their preview production is an indication, hold onto your hats. THE BENT theatre might just end up being the most in-demand ticket in town."
In partnership with The Palm Springs Cultural Center
Reviews from our recent hit production of...
GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
"Two remarkable actors star in Martin Sherman's GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM. Terry Ray and Daniel Bateman shine in this relationship drama directed by Steve Rosenbaum... chemistry and charm carry the day in this unconventional love story."
Mike Napoli - Performing Arts LIVE
"An astonishing theatrical experience"
"Impossible to find a flaw in Ray's delivery...the audience is in the palm of his hand for the entire show...something you won't soon forget."
Director Steve Rosenbaum is also an actor which helps explain the depth of his success
...explains the quality work with his actors."
"Rufus (Daniel Bateman) and Beau (Terry Ray) exchange perfectly timed conversations
...it's endlessly interesting."
Justin Ledesma "brightens the stage with his energy and presence."
"The best thing you can do is go see this play
...it's my favorite of the season."
Valerie-Jean Hume - THE CV INDEPENDENT
"The Bent continues their pattern of excellence... Not only is The Bent telling gay stories -
they are consistently telling them damned well!"
"I honestly don't think Laurence Olivier could do a better job with the monologues than Terry Ray did... a nuanced performance... Ray's dialect is masterful and consistent."
"The Bent's Artistic Director, Steve Rosenbaum, directs with the inventive excellence that we have come to expect from him. He brings great humanity to the script."
"The production values are top-notch and all three actors presented outstanding performances."
"Top marks to The Bent for bringing this jewel to our attention and
presenting it with unwavering excellence!"
Stan Jepson - BroadwayWorld
The Bent's inaugural production
The Coachella Valley’s brand new LGBTQ theater company, The Bent's first production was the world premiere of THE LINCOLN DEBATE by Terry Ray, the playwright of ELECTRICITY, the record-breaking longest running play in Palm Springs. Steve Rosenbaum directs.
THE LINCOLN DEBATE takes a funny, touching and historically honest look at the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, a man he shared a bed with for four years. Did they have an intimate relationship? Did one of the greatest men in American history have a letter under the LGBTQ banner that fit him? You will leave THE LINCOLN DEBATE armed to draw your own conclusions.
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