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The Total Bent
The Total Bent

The Total Bent
Haven Theatre and About Face Theatre at The Den Theatre
Thru - Mar 17, 2019

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Haven Theatre and About Face Theatre at The Den Theatre

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"...The score, featuring a blistering array of funk, gospel, soul, blues and rock, fills the small space at Haven with a six-piece band under Hill’s musical direction. Brown (who also directed “Passing Strange” with now-defunct Bailiwick Chicago in 2011) keeps Stew and Rodewald’s musical manifesto in near-perfect calibration between being “ironically detached” (as Marty is described at one point) and delivering a full-throated cri de coeur for musical salvation."
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Kerry Reid



Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...A self-aware musical, occasionally vulgar and often hilarious, this is an emotional ride through familial and religious resentments before the characters find reconciliation. When Marty sings "my suffering remained after the myth of your love was explained," his relationship with his father carries powerful religious overtones that make The Total Bent more than a great musical: it's also great art."
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Josh Flanders



Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended

"...Among so many striking aspects of the show, we get to see and hear several songs composed, Joe Roy's sacred version, then a retake by Marty Roy in a profane rock style. One such is "Sinner I Know You're Lost." It's a lovely classic hymn as Joe Roy originates it; but it is transporting when Marty Roy redoes it in a swinging rock style, coupled with the refrain, "I gotta get up on the cross.""
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Bill Esler



Chicago On Stage- Recommended

"...Rifts between fathers and sons have long been fodder for drama as well as comedy, and both are present in abundance in Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s The Total Bent, a musical now being presented at the Den Theatre by Haven Theatre in association with About Face Theatre. The play, which features some dynamite music and top-notch performances, is a bit threadbare on plot but still very entertaining."
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Karen Topham



Picture This Post- Recommended

"...Powerful script and impeccable storytelling make The Total Bent, in this writer's opinion, is a theatrical event like no other."
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Lauren Katz



Rescripted- Highly Recommended

"...Haven Theatre and About Face Theatre partnered on The Total Bent, producing a stellar production depicting a strained relationship between a Black father and son clashing on modes of survival and music. Directed by the stellar Lili-Anne Brown and written by frequent Tony Award winning collaborators Stew and Heidi Rodewald, this immersive musical is an expressionistic homage to Black bodies, the LGBTQ community, and freedom."
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Yasmin Mikhaiel