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Venus in Fur
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by David Ives

COMPANY : Mixed Revues [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 4720

SHOWING : May 07, 2015 - May 16, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

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."

At the end of a long day in which actresses auditioning for the role have failed to impress Thomas, in walks Vanda - very late and seemingly clueless - and convinces him to give her a chance.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director David Buice
Thomas Stephen Banks
Vanda Katie Pepper Schaffer
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REVIEWS

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Venus in Leather
by playgoer
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
4.0
David Ives’ "Venus in Fur" provides showcase roles for two actors, each of whom is required to switch personas - abruptly and frequently for the female (Vanda), and more gradually for the male (Thomas). In Mixed Revues’ production, Katie Schaffer and Stephen Banks manage the transitions well, although Ms. Schaffer is not altogether convincing in the final mythic moments of the show.

The set is intended to be a shabby rehearsal room with a steam pipe rising through it. As such, the unadorned black box space at 7 Stages Theater is pretty nearly perfect. Here, it is furnished with free-standing two-step stair units, a fainting couch, a desk and chair, and a coffee station. Simple.

Costumes, designed by Helen Brown, show more flair, mixing leather dominatrix garb with 1870’s costume pieces. There’s an eclectic, improvised quality about some of the costume pieces that makes sense, given Vanda’s story about how she obtained them. It’s not a slick and polished look, but it works.

Lighting, designed by Alessa Walle, consists of two general settings: work lights and mood lights. Both are adequate, but the work lights could have been more realistically (and less flatteringly) conceived. David Buice’s sound effects are nicely produced.

The S&M theme is for mature audiences, making for an uncomfortable experience for some. (Two young couples exited partway through the show at the performance I attended.) The language is also unfiltered. Mixed Revues is tackling a somewhat controversial piece, and director David Buice is letting Atlanta audiences get a second look at it, after the recent production at Actor’s Express. This production may not be on a par with that production, but it certainly does the play almost as much justice. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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