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“VENUS IN FUR” by David Ives

Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
October 1 - 19, 2014

When a young actress arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a nineteenth-century erotic novel, the playwright-director is less than impressed. But the actress’s masterful performance flips the script on the demanding creator’s expectations and turns the session into an electrifying battle of the sexes. Hailed as “seriously smart and very funny” by The New York Times, the award- winning “Venus in Fur” is a laugh-out-loud game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. 

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From the Press

"Venus in Fur. David Ives’s 2010 comedy-drama scores big points with its fresh, two-person give-and-take on male-female power plays."

Rep Stage returns from a busy summer makeover with a new production team and a five-star season-opener, Venus in Fur. David Ives’s 2010 comedy-drama scores big points with its fresh, two-person give-and-take on male-female power plays. With the audience seated on both sides, the intimate Rep Stage space becomes a sort of center court for a work that, in Director Joseph Ritsch’s care, is as much intellectual tennis match as theater piece.

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Venus in Fur chosen as a "Top 5" of the week!!!!  - MD Theatre Guide

“…smartly directed…a guilty pleasure.” – Mark Beachy. 


The Baltimore Sun Loves Venus in Fur!

"Judging by the spicy, sophisticated production of David Ives' “Venus in Fur," it's going to be an interesting year for Rep Stage...The production, directed by Ritsch, makes a sturdy case for the play thanks to a couple of crackling performances...Ritsch keeps things moving naturally and briskly all over Daniel Ettinger's evocative set..."Venus in Fur" leaves a satisfying little sting."

-The Baltimore Sun

WYPR's J. Wynn Rousuck loves Venus in Fur!

" a vigorous, hang-onto-your-seats production...a fascinating -- and dangerous -- battle for power...Rep Stage’s production of “Venus in Fur” keeps you guessing – and savoring – each mutable moment." 
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