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Venus in Fur: A Play by David Ives
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Venus in Fur: A Play

by David Ives

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Smart, sexy power play. Review to come. ( )
  Ceilidhann | Sep 20, 2013 |
A play based (loosely) on an eighteenth century novel. The characters are presented as an actress and a director that are in audition for a play based on the novel Venus in Fur, and the resulting relationship that develops during the course of the audition begins to mimic the play-within-a-play. A slight twist at the end lends an interesting finish. ( )
  Devil_llama | Dec 31, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810128225, Paperback)

A young playwright, Thomas, has written an adaptation of the 1870 novel Venus in Fur by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (after whom the term “masochism” was coined); the novel is the story of an obsessive adulterous relationship between a man and the mistress to whom he becomes enslaved. At the end of a long day in which the actresses Thomas auditions fail to impress him, in walks Vanda, very late and seemingly clueless, but she convinces him to give her a chance. As they perform scenes from Thomas’s play, and Vanda the actor and Vanda the character gradually take control of the audition, the lines between writer, actor, director, and character begin to blur. Vanda is acting . . . or perhaps she sees in Thomas a masochist, one who desires fantasy in “real life” while writing fantasies for a living.

 

An exploration of gender roles and sexuality, in which desire twists and turns in on itself, Venus in Fur is also a witty, unsettling look at the art of acting—onstage and off.

 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:15 -0400)

"In David Ives's seductive, darkly funny Venus in Fur, a playwright-director, Thomas, has written an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's classic erotic novel Venus in Fur, the story of an obsessive relationship between a man and the mistress to whom he becomes enslaved. At the end of a long day in which the actress Thomas auditions fail to impress him, in walks Vanda, very late and seemingly clueless, but she convinces him to give her a chance. As they perform scenes from Thomas's play, the lines between writer, actor, director, and character begin to blur."--Page 4 of cover.… (more)

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