“What is an English word for significant other? …Asshole!” – Venus in Fur
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.
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!
Many Thanks to The Pittsburgh Public Theater and all of the wonderful vendors featured at Goddess Night.
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