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Venus in Fur (play)

Brace yourself for stormy weather, black leather

Brace yourself for stormy weather, black leather

The audition process can be as anxiety-inducing for theater directors as it is for actors, and that sense of anxiety also extends to those of us who are merely watching an audition in David Ives' "Venus in Fur." This disturbing play is receiving an appropriately moody staging at Rep Stage.

Making this dark comedy even edgier is that the play-within-the-play is based on a notoriously kinky 19th Century novel. It's little wonder that the director and an actor involved in the audition are uneasy about getting the show, er, whipped into shape.

As even this very general description of "Venus in Fur" makes plain, it's best to leave the kids at home for this...