The traditional power dynamic of an audition shifts as an up-and-coming director learns that it’s impossible to play with fire and not get singed. Blurring the line between fantasy and reality, this electrifying and seductive comedy was lauded by The New York Times as “seriously smart and very funny.”

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Venus in Fur

November 1 - November 30, Second Stage - Runway Configuration

written by David Ives
directed by Laura Kepley

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Michael Brusasco as Thomas and Vanessa Wasche as Vanda in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur, in the Second Stage, November 1-24, 2013. Photo credit: Roger  Mastroianni. Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche as Vanda in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche as Vanda in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Michael Brusasco as Thomas in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Michael Brusasco and Vanessa Wasche in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni. Vanessa Wasche and Michael Brusasco in the Cleveland Play House Production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Roger  Mastroianni.
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"mesmerizing, wickedly funny...brilliant"

- The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

Exceeded our expectations. Very entertaining.

- bmc, euclid

This is the best play I've seen in 5 years, or so, at the Play more House. Edgy, crazy, sexy...and what wonderful actors. This is what I want to see when I go to the theatre.

- Rosemary L., Cleveland Heights

Excellent production. Extraordinary, talented cast, magnificent staging, marvelous and exciting theater. Kudos to all involved. more An A+.

- Joe N., Mayfield Hts., OH

The actors were absolutely outstanding. The show was well done. A must see.

- Mario W., Wadsworth

Don't miss this work of art! Phenomenal writing and acting; multidimensional, intense, witty, deep and more sexy!

- Elisa W., Solon

This was the best show I've seen in years. Anchored by engaging performances, it was more quick to get the audience hooked. And once hooked, it never let us go.

- Tom, Cleveland

We attended the script reading at the Beachwood library prior to seeing the play and more that enhanced our enjoyment and understanding of the play. We loved this play and are considering seeing it again. We thought that the female lead was absolutely fantastic. What energy and versatile acting ability. She was perfect for the part and ,of course, very pleasant to look at. We thought that the pre-show vignette was a very clever addition.

- Bluie G., Pepper Pike

Very smart, sexy, witty script . Well staged and well paced, with wonderful acting...We thoroughly more enjoyed it!

- Clare and David, Richfield

Fun, fun, fun show...We really enjoyed the show and recommended it to friends.

- Vicki and Bob C., Mentor

We both thought the performances were stunning! And we liked the staging as well. more Thanks, once again, for a very successful play.

- Beth and Earl B., Cleveland

Saucy, sassy, and at times, silly...this performance surprised me with the perfect combination of fabulous more acting and solid content. Bravo to all involved in the production of Venus in Fur!

- DWR, Cleveland, OH

The show was outstanding and the actors mesmerizing. Amazingly directed so in the runway configuration...We more felt like we were flies on the wall for that power struggling, thought provoking audition. Great pre-show discussion as well. Thank you for a wonderful night!

- Judy S., Monroe NJ

Amazing Show. Very well acted and directed, and the staging was brilliant. Thank you more for a great evening out...It was fun that I wasn't familiar with the play!

- Beth S., Hudson

Wonderful. Well done.

- Marton F., Solon,Ohio

Great show! Slick dialogue and delivery!

- jmg, North Olmsted

Really cute play! The two actors blended the characters in the play so well that more one could tell the difference and it was fascinating to watch. It was funny, smart and thoroughly entertaining.

- GW, Shaker Heights

I loved this show! Outstanding performances were given by both actors who quickly developed a more chemistry between the two characters that pulled me into the plot and into their lives immediately. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next-- and it was such fun being surprised by each intriguing twist and turn. Vanda's costumes were just the right amount of seductive, and the runway stage and the set provided an intimate atmosphere for the audience. Don't miss this funny yet thought-provoking show!

- Anne, Wooster

Absolutely wonderful! I did not want it to end. I have already bought tickets to more go back at the end of the month!

- K.R., North Royalton

Great show, great acting, and really enjoyed the plot twists.

- East Wind, Wickliffe, Ohio

Loved it! A little bit naughty and...thought provoking - the perfect twosome. My husband and more I are still discussing it.

- philly girl, Solon

Very well done. We were impressed with the talented cast and the intrigue of the more plot.

- CMG, Chagrin Falls

Upon returning home after the play, I went online to learn about the production. I more saw a sampling of the play both in New York and Milwaukee and I can honestly say the Play House production was vastly superior in terms of both the actors and the staging...This was a masterfully executed presentation...it certainly got me asking a lot of questions.

- James C., Lyndhurst

Both actors did an excellent job. Loved it!

- AMP & TCP, Vermilion

Interesting play, intellectually challenging and wonderfully acted and directed.

- RSB, Pepper Pike

So well cast, so well acted. Such an intriguing story...we discussed it all the way more home and kept finding more levels to consider. Keep up the good work.

- J, W

Venus in Fur was a funny but thought-provoking examination of the "battle of the sexes." more Anyone who sees it will leave the theater with much food for thought - I am still pondering its message four days later.

- Linda H., Senecaville

It had me thinking well after leaving the show. Vanessa (Vanda) did a wonderful more job playing so many characters.

- Leslie, Cleveland

Exceptionally well acted and carefully, thoughtfully directed. This was a treat...the play's topic...was cleverly and more wittily handled. Vanda was AMAZING. Two actors, no intermission! They worked hard but were so skilled, it was total fun to watch.

- Carol P, Shaker Heights

I thought it was a clever way to portray the book. The actors were very more fun and funny. I loved how Vanda would go from being "an air head" to being refined! My husband and I really enjoyed it. We would definitely recommend it to everyone!

- Letizia, North Royalton

Vanessa and Michael are amazing in this show...You'll laugh, you'll gasp...and you'll love every minute more of it. I enjoyed it so much, I'd love to see it again during its extended week. Congratulations to the cast and crew. Hail Aphrodite!

- Cara M., Burton


"mesmerizing, wickedly funny...brilliant"

- The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

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