Review: Venus in Fur

“What is an English word for significant other? …Asshole!” – Venus in Fur

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Christian Conn Male Lead: Thomas photo credit: Pittsburgh Public Theater
Christian Conn
Male Lead: Thomas
photo credit: Pittsburgh Public Theater
Whitney Maris Brown Female Lead: Vanda photo credit: Pittsburgh Public Theater
Whitney Maris Brown
Female Lead: Vanda
photo credit: Pittsburgh Public Theater

It was a dark and stormy night… when a dark haired woman (Whitney Maris Brown) stormed her way into an audition hours past closing, with no appointment, and no reservations. Vanda manipulates the playwright, Thomas (Christian Conn) into a last minute performance, in which he feels he is humoring her whim while wasting his time.  She seems predictable, scattered and immature until she begins to read for the role of the female lead; rather, she  unleashes a fresh side to a very vintage dominatrix in making.

Venus in Fur is “symbolic”, as mentioned several times between the show’s only two characters. The chemistry between them is erotic and intense. They share the control and bully each other to come out of their comfort zones as they invest their personal emotions into an imperfect script. There were no intermissions or breaks in the one scene show. It was especially refreshing to witness Brown’s portrayal of Vanda, uninhibited and sensually mysterious.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the performance alike. I was nervous that the show was going to be overwhelming sexually, however I found it to be more psychological. It is a very intelligent script, about a script. The story moved seamlessly from “real” to “rehearsal” mode between the actors with different voice tones and inflections portraying several emotions and reactions, as well as subtle lighting and costume changes written into the action.

I highly recommend this show to those with a passion for arts, women and the art of being a woman. HAIL APHRODITE!

To get tickets, you can click this link. Tickets cost between $30.00 – $60.00, https://goo.gl/L6n5Nw,
or call 412.316.8200, ext. 704 to order in person.

Many Thanks to The Pittsburgh Public Theater and all of the wonderful vendors featured at Goddess Night.

#PPT #PittsburghPublicTheater #GoddessNight

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link to Venus in Fur Preview

Venus in Fur is Coming

No Freudian slip in that headline… Venus in Fur (an adult themed stage production) IS in fact coming to Pittsburgh this month. Starting Thursday  June 2, this Tony winning play runs through June 26, 2016 at the O’Reilly Theater.  Read more…

 Venus in Fur is written by David Ives and directed by Jesse Berger.

“A stage director anxiously searches for the perfect leading lady. An aspiring actress careens into the audition room, causing havoc and confusion. But in the course of an evening, while a storm rages outside, the erotic seduction of power takes center stage and the rules of domination are forever reversed. The New York Times review of this award-winning new play says it all: “Seriously smart and very funny.” (P.S. – Don’t bring the children!)”

– Pittsburgh Public Theater, 2016

I had never heard of this play before the invitation, though after reading a local review, I am intrigued to see it for myself. I spend most of my days playing in Romper Room with my kids, nieces and nephews, so this night out will be an incredible change in pace for me. I am excited to be a part of the shift in atmosphere, as the closing of the PPT season falls upon the opening of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, officially welcoming Summer to The Burgh.

Venus in Fur will be in Pittsburgh from June 2 - 26
Venus in Fur will be in Pittsburgh from June 2 – 26

For my first review of a Pittsburgh Public Theater Presentation, I will be in attendance at Goddess Night this Friday, June 3. In addition to the entertainment, admission to Goddess Night features local vendors and business who will be on hand to cater to mature desires.

To get tickets to Goddess Night (or another date), you can click this link. Tickets cost between $30.00 – $60.00, and all include the Experience and Amenities.

Use promo code PPTGODDESS at https://goo.gl/L6n5Nw,
or call 412.316.8200, ext. 704 to order in person.

GODDESS MARKET – – 6 pm
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, music, a photo booth, and a cash bar, plus free samples and discounts from some of Pittsburgh’s favorite local vendors

AFTER PARTY
Join us in the lobby after the show for live music and free Starbucks coffee, then continue your night with an exclusive drink special at Bakersfield!

-PPT, Facebook, 2016

See you there!

Many thanks to The Pittsburgh Public Theater