Venus in Fur by David IvesA 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.
Venus in Fur
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Venus in Fur review – Natalie Dormer dominates S&M game of cat and mouse Novachek (David Oakes) from the novel Venus in Furs by Sacher-Masoch, the man who gave his name to masochism. .
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Natalie Dormer shines in shiny boots of leather in this preposterous Broadway comedy. A truly captivating play from a fantastic cast of two. - Dormer plays Vanda, a mysterious actor who turns up late to audition for the female lead in a play adapted by writer-director Thomas Novachek David Oakes from the novel Venus in Furs by Sacher-Masoch , the man who gave his name to masochism. Then Vanda appears with a flash of lightning.
What an awful moment for Venus in Fur to arrive in the West End. A few critics like it, though. They are in the minority, however. Is it going to do the same for Dormer here? Quite possibly, it turns out, with critics falling over themselves to praise her. Her timing is impeccable and she has a strong comic sensibility. As such, it risks doing damage to public discourse at a crucial moment.
Friedman Theater on Tuesday night. The flickering of those stage lights barely registers beside the incandescent Nina Arianda, the sensational young actress recreating the role that made her a name to watch when she first starred in the play Off Broadway. Portraying an actress giving the audition of a lifetime, Ms. Arianda is giving the first must-see performance of the Broadway season, a bravura turn that burns so brightly you can almost feel the heat on your face. To describe Mr. The plays opens with a thunderclap, as Ms. In a tempest of irritation and mortification, Vanda rails at the subway, the rain and the fates, spewing expletives about the creepy guy who was feeling her up on the train.